Alligator Snatches 2-Year-Old Boy From Walt Disney World Resort Lagoon03:06
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The entrance to the Walt Disney World theme park is seen June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida where a two-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon by the Grand Floridian hotel.
An American family's Disney vacation turned into a nightmare when an alligator snatched a two-year-old boy at the shore of a resort lake and fought off the father's frantic attempts to wrest the toddler from its mouth, officials said Wednesday. A search and rescue operation was launched after the attack Tuesday night at the Grand Floridian hotel not far from the Magic Kingdom was ongoing, but police said they held out little hope the boy would be found alive.
(Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
The entrance to the Walt Disney World theme park is seen June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida where a two-year-old boy was attacked by an alligator at the Seven Seas Lagoon by the Grand Floridian hotel. An American family's Disney vacation turned into a nightmare when an alligator snatched a two-year-old boy at the shore of a resort lake and fought off the father's frantic attempts to wrest the toddler from its mouth, officials said Wednesday. A search and rescue operation was launched after the attack Tuesday night at the Grand Floridian hotel not far from the Magic Kingdom was ongoing, but police said they held out little hope the boy would be found alive. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
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A 2-year-old boy was dragged into the water while wading along the edge of a lagoon at a Walt Disney World resort in Florida. The child’s father tried unsuccessfully to pull the boy back to the surface.

Florida’s Orange County Sheriff’s Office said it was still searching for the boy, while Disney has temporarily closed all of its resort beaches, according to CBS NewsHere & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Vicki Croke, host of WBUR’s The Wild Life Blog, about the alligator attack.

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Vicki Croke, WBUR and Here & Now‘s reporter on animal issues. She tweets @vickicroke.

This segment aired on June 15, 2016.

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