Two animals were involved in the killing of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy at a Disney resort in Florida, Orlando, in June, the father of the toddler said, according to reports Sunday. Matt Graves reportedly said that he was attacked by a second alligator when he tried to reach his son after the boy was pulled into the water outside Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Matt’s interaction with Capt. Tom Wellons was revealed in emails to authorities of the Reedy Creek Fire Department, obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. The records gave details of how Matt tried to extract his son, Lane Graves, from the jaws of the alligator. Matt suffered injuries from the gator bite but refused to leave the area to receive medical attention, as rescuers searched for his son. The toddler's body was found intact in a lake at the resort, near the Magic Kingdom, by a diving team a day after the attack.
While travelling to hospital Matt described "the horror that he experienced," saying that "another gator attacked him as he fought for his son.'' The emails were forwarded to Orange County officials to alert them about the possibility of a second gator.
Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Angelo Nieves told local media Orlando Sentinel that a witness also saw a second alligator attack Matt.
Five alligators were taken from the site and euthanized to rule out if any of them killed Lane. Later, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that they were confident they caught the alligator that had grabbed the boy.