Boy's Body Recovered after Gator Attack at Disney World, Officials Say

The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was attacked has been recovered, but it raises questions about gator behavior.
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The death O child is never an easy story to tell. A family on a Disney world vacation losing their toddler in a tragic Al garld attack. The outpouring of grief, and the resort's response. We have the latest. We recovered the remains of the two-year-old from the water. Reporter: The 16-hour long desperate search for the two-year-old boy attacked by an alligator at Disney world has come to a heart breaking close. This was a tough message to deliver to them to let them know that at this point that their child was dead. Reporter: That little boy has now been identified as lane graves. We're haerlt broken at this outcome. Reporter: It was just across from Disney's magic kingdom. The graves family of four from Nebraska three days into their vacation, enjoying the sandy beach. Lane sanding in ankle deep water and the alligator emerged and attacked him. The father struggled to get the toddler from the guy or he's grip. Reporter: They've gators were removed from the water during the search. We've done all due diligence. After toy's press conference, many questioning if the attack should have taken place. There was a sign posted saying no swimming. There was no warning there might be alligators in the water. Everyone here at the Walt Disney world resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Reporter: This is by no means the first time alligators have been spotted at Disney world. Just two weeks ago this video captured the moment two flower girls spotted an alligator outside of the Disney wedding pa yilvilleon. The theme park was built on top of swampland that was drained. The complex is almost 25,000 acres, and Disney guaranteed a part of their land would always be a nature preserve. The gators are removed from the park if they are too big or bold. Even some of their staff are allowed to take out staff if they see it's a problem. Reporter: Gators have begun turning up everywhere, on doorsteps, in pools, even shopping centers. A 27-year-old was swimming in shoulder deep water at a popular central Florida beach when a guy or the clamped down on her arm. It had me. At that point I realized I wasn't getting outut of it. Reporter: Fortunately two nearby people heard her and beat the guy or the with a paddle. It took her arm and part of her bathing suit but spared her life. Another had a fey or the out of a canal. His mother watching on in horror. I was thinking, it's got my son. Reporter: With all his courage, the 45-year-old managed to pull his hand out of the guy or he's grip. I was going for a swim. Reporter: The Florida fish and wildlife conservation said there are seven unprovoked guy or the bites every year. The odds of getting attacked is only about one in 2 .5 million. Some find the power of the animals alluring. Some even hunt for them. The stokes family in Alabama captured a true bahemith and in Mississippi, guy or the hunters. Her son and brother-in-law, they caught this 723 pounder. An hour later, Dustin golfman and his team wrangled this one, four pounds heavier. This is the hunt coordinator. It is safe. We've only had two accidents reported. Both of them were fairly minor. We had one person that got bit on the hand. Reporter: He took us to a female guy or he's coveted spot. He said they're so big because for years nobody was able to hunt them. The gators grew in size and population so much so they've become a dangerous knew sense. For many people here, alligators have become a problem? Absolutely. Under the deck of a house, swimming pools, in the highways, in the parking lots of downtown Jackson. They're everywhere. Reporter: About 10 miles outside of Disney, they say there isn't much that can contain an alligator. Is there any way to prevent this? Not really, they get in pipes and drainage ditches. Reporter: When you look at places like Disney, you wouldn't expect a guy or the. You wouldn't. You think it shouldn't. It's a body of water in Florida. Reporter: He said the attack was the result of a perfect storm. It was nighttime. That's when they like to hunt. They hear splashing in the water. A small object, and easy target. Reporter: Gators are especially dangerous predators. They are very powerful. This team of year they're getting more active and more movement. They're out hunting, looking for their territory, protecting th territory. Reporter: The father ran in trying to save his little boy, but this alligator is just very strong. Extremely strong and powerful. But possibly if the animal had gotten scared when the father went after it, it may have released the child and swam off, but you do anything and everything you can to try. Reporter: Disney's chairman saying as a parent and a grandparent, my heart goes out to the graves family during this time of devastating loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and everyone in Disney joins me in offering our deepest sympathies. Most people in Florida know that any body of water can contain alligators, people from elsewhere don't. They have to expect the vast majority of people there aren't going to know about the possible risks and aren't from Florida. Reporter: A point Dan Abrams says is likely to be critical. This is contact specific. There's no question when a child is snatched bring a guy or the on Disney property on a manmade loo goon, there's potential civil liability. And a message through the police. That have gone forward to allow those events to recover their son so they can move forward at this time. Reporter: For "Nightline" in Orlando.

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