Terrifying Video Shows A Disney Worker Poking An Alligator Away From A Ride
A video surfaced of an employee at Walt Disney World pushing an alligator away.
The video from "Inside Edition" shows an employee using what looks like the back of a pool skimmer to poke the alligator away. The alligator was just feet away from the famous Splash Mountain ride in Disney's Magic Kingdom.
The alligator keeps trying to come onto land near the ride, but the employee uses the stick to keep poking the animal back into the water, away from Disney-goers.
This video is surfacing a week after a 2-year-old boy, Lane Graves, was snatched by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. The boy was playing at the Seven Seas Lagoon when the alligator grabbed him.
Lane's body was found after an 18-hour search. An autopsy showed the toddler died of drowning after the alligator dragged him into the lagoon away from his family.
This is, understandably, not wise or advised behavior. It can make alligators more comfortable to approach humans.
A source told PEOPLE it is not uncommon for alligators to be around Splash Mountain. Disney has people regularly on watch for alligators at the park.
Disney announced plans to install new signs around the lagoon warning visitors of alligators and snakes and telling them to not feed wildlife.
Citations: Disturbing Video Shows Disney Employee Fighting Alligator Near Splash Mountain (Inside Edition), Splash Mountain Alligator Video Isn't The Scariest Gator Footage At Disney (Huffington Post), Newly Released Video Shows Disney Employee Warding Off Alligator from Splash Mountain (PEOPLE)