Wildlife officials have pulled four alligators from the lagoon at Walt Disney World after a two-year-old boy was dragged into the water by one of the animals, according to a Huffingtton Post report.
Though the child’s father frantically tried to save his son from the jaws of the 4-7 ft long reptile, the child has not been seen since he was taken on Tuesday night.
The little boy and his family, from Nebraska, were holidaying at Walt Disney World in Florida. They were wading in the Seven Seas Lagoon when the child was taken from an area where “no swimming” signs were posted.
Nick Wiley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, said four alligators were taken from the water overnight but officials found no immediate indication they were involved in the boy’s disappearance.
He said the alligators were euthanised and they will be cut open and their remains examined further.
The search for the child is still being considered a “search and rescue” operation, said Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
“We are very hopeful,” he said at a morning news conference. “Sometimes you get the worst, but we are hoping for the best.”
Williamson said the boy was at the edge of the water, probably about a foot or two into the water, when the alligator attacked.