Last year, many of us were glued to our phones and TVs and feeds as we frantically followed the news of the toddler who disappeared after being snatched by an alligator right from the shoreline at Disney World’s Floridian resort in Orlando. We watched and prayed hopelessly while rescue efforts searched in vain for the little boy, hoping against hope that somehow he had escaped the gator.
Sadly, the two-year-old, Lane Graves, died as a result of the attack. His body was found intact, with a few puncture wounds, only about 15 yards from where the gator first pulled him into the water. Experts said that the fact that the gator let him go makes sense, because after first biting the child and dragging him into the water, the gator was scared off by Graves’ father, , who jumped in the water to drive to save him. The toddler by then had been underwater so long that he drowned.
The story is so unbelievably heartbreaking because it’s a completely senseless cruel twist of nature in what’s supposed to be the happiest place on Earth and to this day, I think of that poor family. And now, Disney World is honoring their loss and the life of little Lane in a special way.