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Here are the chilling details of the Disney resort alligator attack

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This is the spot at Disney's Grand Floridian in Florida where the gator grabbed the little boy. (Sam Howzit/Flickr)

A 2-year-old boy went missing after an alligator dragged him into a manmade lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian resort in Florida.

After searching for the boy overnight, officials were pretty certain he was dead, and flipped from a "rescue" mission to "recovery."

UPDATE: Authorities have recovered the toddler's dead body.

How the heck did this happen?

Apparently, the family, from Nebraska, was attending an outdoor movie night at Disney's Grand Floridian when the toddler waded into a shallow lagoon. An alligator somewhere between 4 ft. and 7 ft. long suddenly appeared and grabbed the child out of nowhere. His father and other witnesses tried to fight off the gator to save him. Sadly, he was dragged underwater. It was absolutely terrifying.

The Seven Seas Lagoon where this happened is made of connected canals that feed into larger bodies of water. So the search for his body spanned much wider than in the original lagoon.

The attack happened around 9 pm and sparked a massive search. Disney boats, alongside over 50 officers and wildlife officials, searched far and wide for the boy.

Disney took the whole situation extremely seriously and closed all of its beaches in the area. Four gators were captured and euthanized during the search.

This whole sickening thing is pretty rare, and it's the first time anyone has been taken by an alligator at a Disney resort. And actually, despite the major alligator population in Florida, fatal attacks don't happen too often. On average, there have been about 10 bites per year in the last two decades, and from 2008-2014 there were zero deaths by gators.

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Here are the chilling details of the Disney resort alligator attack

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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