LAKE BUENA VISTA — Authorities responded to an alligator’s attack of a 2-year-old boy Wednesday with overwhelming force killing the suspect and four other alligators believed to have ties to him. They continue to search for alligators near the crime scene believed to be involved in the murder.
“This is still an open investigation,” Sheriff Jerry Demings reported. “We gave the alligator the opportunity to surrender but he refused so we killed him. When we questioned the other alligators in the lagoon, they just kept looking at us. They opted not to cooperate so we killed them too. We will continue to kill every alligator in this damn lagoon until it is safe for everyone to look at from a distance.”
“We sent a strong message to Florida alligators today that they should think twice before going into the water and doing what comes naturally to them,” Governor Rick Scott explained. “Whether it’s hunting bears, alligators, or pretty much anything we can find, the animals in this state know when it comes to allowing them to live in their native habitats, we’re not going to let it happen!”
Walt Disney World reopened the Seven Seas Lagoon that is connected to a series of canals that open into larger bodies of water on Thursday. Officials remain confused how the alligator could have gotten from one area where he lives to another area filled with water and where alligators usually live. New signs outside the lagoon read, “This lagoon used to contain alligators that hunt for food. Authorities killed the alligators so now it’s safe unless more alligators swim into the lagoon from the canals that connect it to larger bodies of water which will probably happen.”
“My question is, Why are there alligators in there?” asked Michelle Stone, who lives near Detroit and was visiting Disney for 10 days with her two children. Authorities refused to comment on why there were alligators in freshwater in Florida.