Matt and Melissa Graves, the parents of 2-year-old Lane Graves who was found dead Wednesday after being attacked then drowned by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando are expected to hold a special service for their departed son on Thursday.
According to news station WPSD Local, the service will be held at St. Patrick's Church in the family's hometown of Elkhorn, Nebraska.
A desperate 18-hour search for a 2-year-old boy who was attacked then dragged by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, as he frolicked near the shore of a lake ended in pain Wednesday when authorities found his remains near the area where he was attacked on Tuesday night.
"His body was completely intact," Sheriff Demings said at a news conference, according to The New York Times.
Divers found the remains of the boy identified as Lane Grave at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, near the area of the lake known by vacationers as Seven Seas Lagoon where he was attacked the previous night. His body was recovered about two hours later, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said, according to The Washington Post. more >>
A search and rescue operation that began frantically on Tuesday night for a 2-year-old boy who was attacked then dragged by a 7- to 8-foot alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa turned into a "recovery effort" Wednesday as local authorities focus on giving "closure" to the boy's family.
"Right now, all we're doing is searching for a little boy to hopefully bring a family some closure," Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, told the Orlando Sentinel.
According to USA Today, at least 50 wildlife specialists, including a trained alligator trapper, were searching for the boy Wednesday who was snatched as he played in about a foot of water at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Hotel with his father. more >>
Another animal-related tragedy ensued over the weekend when a young boy was dragged into a body of water by an alligator at the Disney Resort in Florida while in Vacation. The killer alligator pulled the young boy into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando.
Horror at Disney Resort Florida
The horrifying incident happened when the monster alligator attacked the little boy while he and his parents were along the beach during a movie night by the beach. Sheriff Jerry Demings said that the family were in the area for a while when the alligator attacked, emerging for about 30 centimeters from the water. The parents tried their best to get the boy out of the alligator's grasp. more >>
This recent human-caused climate change is cursing the Earth, because today, the only endemic mammal species in the Great Barrier Reef has succumbed into extinction. The species called Bramble Cay melomys are rodents that live on an island in the eastern Torres Strait. They are said to have been completely wipe out from their habitat.
This is the first recorded extinction of a mammal due to man-made climate change. Despite environmentalists' concern, the melomys will not be the last to die off if humans keep on with their destructive ways.
What are Bamble Cray Melomys? more >>
A Canada Supreme Court ruling that the crime of bestiality only applies to sexual penetration, and not other sexual acts between people and animals, has led to calls for change in the country's "archaic" laws.
Canada's Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith says he introduced a private bill, the Modernizing Animal Protections Act, in February, which can deal with what the nation has come to realize after the Supreme Court Thursday upheld the acquittal of a man from British Columbia who was charged with bestiality for compelling the family dog to sexually abuse his stepdaughters.
The man, identified only as "DLW," was convicted on 13 counts of sexually molesting his two stepdaughters over a 10-year period, but acquitted of an additional charge of bestiality. more >>