Jack Hanna Reacts to Disney Alligator Attack

Hanna, director emeritus of Ohio's Columbus Zoo, describes the patterns of gators and offers his take on the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves.
4:10 | 06/16/16

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As we turn to jack Hanna of the Columbus zoo in Ohio, Disney is the parent company of ABC, we should note. We heard that report from Lauren. But with more than 1 million alligators in that state of Florida, can you tell us a little about their behavior? Well, this time of year is breeding season. The gator can move a great distance walking down roads, through pipes, through channels, I know they do a great deal of work controlling them but only can do what they can do. Disney is the safest place in the world. I have no stock in Disney. I say after been there the size of a county and control all these gators which are there is very, very difficult. And what's happening here is as far as the family is very bad. It's awful, jack. And we talk -- we've been talking about how common alligators are in that area and yet attacks like this are extremely rare. What made this situation different? Right. Well, you got to remember something, the gator has been around for tens of -- how many millions of years we don't know. Again, when a gator comes out of the water it's like a bullet and they can outrun any human being on Earth in the first 20, 30 feet like a bullet going off. The child's vibrations could be heard or felt by the gator up to one mile away underwater, this he say, so that said this is just a splashing going on. This gator comes up there like a bullet and the father, god bless his soul, had no chance. Once he clamps down it's the most powerful of any animal in the world. It's one of these things that happen that is just a terrible, terrible accident. I know now anyone who's visiting the Florida area or alligator country in general is going to be concerned and one of the biggest pieces of advice you have, not to feed them. It sounds obvious but a lot of people do, correct? Yeah, people -- it's amazing people -- you can't get within 50, 60 feet away if you want to take a picture. If they're on the road just don't move them. Sometimes on the road because the asphalt is hot and laying there. Not dead or been hit by a car. Some might go up there and most will run from people. When I film them, 90% of the time they'll run away quickly. However, if they're around a nest, for example, nesting season, some people don't know that. The gator will go through a brick wall to get you if they're around their nest, trying to go there. If you know there's gators and you're swimming just stay away from the area. That's all. There's certain things you can do to avoid it. Neighborhoods as you said built with beautiful Lakes around them and houses are there and gators are up on the basics and had the dogs and they go get a drink of water and they have to keep that dog an a leash but that does happen. A lot of people are now looking to see what could have been done, what should have been done. Were those no swimming signs posted along that lagoon enough to prevent an attack like this? Well, here's the thing, I'm right now in Montana. Right near glacier park. When you enter it says beware of the bears. Just last week we had a bear in our backyard come right down the beach there which hasn't happened in 21 years over here where I am at the farm we had a bear living here, oh, about five weeks, we didn't get near the bear but the one over here, the point I'm getting at, yes, there are signs at fwlasher park, are there signs around outside the park. That's the analogy I'm saying. They did have a no swimming sign. Okay, there were gators there but not have been gators there for years so I can't blame it myself on Disney. Obviously the poor parents didn't know the gators were there and so how do you say just like I said there's signs about grizzlies but right now they're walking around out here as well and there are no signs here. It's an unfortunate and tragic wake-up call to a lot of people about the access gators and have just the interaction that happens in a state like that. All over the country with animals we're living in their home so an important note. Jack, we appreciate your time this morning. Thank you.

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