Alligator attack at Disney wasn't the first

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The Alligator Attack at a Disney Resort Wasn't the First

After a toddler was attacked and killed by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, the Orange County sheriff said something like this had never happened before at Disney World. A New Hampshire man says officials from the resort are hiding the truth.

Paul Santamaria was 8 years old when he was visiting Disney with his family. He explains how he and his siblings were playing near a pond when an alligator attacked.

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"It came up out of the water and hit me and knocked me to the ground. And once I was on the ground, it kind of turned its head and grabbed my leg," Santamaria told WBZ-TV.

He says he remembers screaming for his siblings, who helped attack the gator until Santamaria's leg was freed.

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Lane Graves, 2 Rest In Peace, little man.
This is so tragic. And in Orlando too! 😓
That poor baby at Disney :(
3rd tragedy in #Orlando. #Disney resort, Alligator snatches child, persumed dead. #God be with those mourning. #Tragic .
My prayers go out to the family that lost their baby to the Alligator in Disney World. That's so traumatizing 😪.
A 2 year old was dragged into the lakes at walt Disney world by a alligator in Orlando . So heartbreaking omg😢💔
I couldn't even begin imagine... -Alligator grabs toddler, drags him into lagoon at Disney hotel, police say
My heart goes out to the British family at Disney resort, who's two year old baby has been grabbed by a alligator.. Shocking #DisneyOrlando
that little boy in disney noooo 😢
If ANYONE wants to blame those poor parents in the alligator incident at Disney, talk to me.They did the same thing I've done w/my kids.
Woke up to the news about that poor 2 yearold at Disney and the comments from the horrible soulless people saying the patents deserve it WTF
Orlando cannot seem to catch a break. 😔 Praying for the family who just lost their 2yr old to an alligator at Disney. 💔

The family was at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, which is about three miles from the Floridian where the toddler was recently killed. On Thursday, the medical examiner's office said the boy, Lane Graves, died of drowning and traumatic injuries.

As for the attack on Santamaria, he doesn't blame Disney.

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"It's nobody's fault. Anything can happen at any time," Santamaria told WBZ-TV.

Officials are still searching for the alligator that killed the young child, and so far they've removed six alligators from the lagoon where the he was attacked. Disney is reviewing its signs around the park's ponds and lakes.

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