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Disney has killed over 200 'nuisance' alligators in ten years

Alligators are caught and killed in Florida after wandering onto property Credit: Reuters

The Walt Disney Company has had more than 240 "nuisance" alligators captured and killed over the last decade at its Florida theme park property, according to records.

State records have revealed the park's constant struggle to keep alligators away from their guests in a region where the animals live and breed, occasionally crossing paths with humans.

Last week, a 2-year-old boy died after he was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Lane Graves was killed when an alligator snatched him at a Walt Disney Resort Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office

Critics said there were no signs warning of alligators when the tragedy occurred, and Disney has since installed signs.

Florida trapper Ron Ziemba, who trapped and killed alligators on Disney World property for five years, said: "You'll never be able to get them all.

"There are just so many canals, so many waterways. The gators travel a lot."

Witnesses describe terror during nightclub shooting

Police at the scene Credit: Anthony Torres / Facebook

Witnesses of the shooting at the Florida gay club have described their terror on social media.

A gunman opened fire at around 2am at Pulse nightclub in downtown Orlando. There are multiple injuries, police have confirmed.

One witness, Ricardo Almodovar, wrote on Facebook: "People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran. I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."

One Twitter user said he was with three other people hiding in the club in the dressing room. Half an hour later he tweeted to say he was "finally out, safe".

Another man, who says he was inside the club at the time and posted videos of the scene outside, wrote on Facebook that shots had been fired inside the club and people were "screaming that people are dead".

"They are just pulling people out in stretchers loading them up," Anthony Torres wrote.


Mass shooting reported at Orlando nightclub

Police at the scene of the shooting Credit: Orlando Police

A mass shooting has been reported at a nightclub in Florida.

The gunman is said to have taken hostages at the gay club Pulse in Orlando, according to local reports.

Police have tweeted saying there are "multiple injuries" and warned people to stay away from the area.

A post was shared on the club's Facebook page around 2am local time telling everyone listening to “get out of Pulse and keep running.”

Video footage showing wounded people being treated at the scene by paramedics is being shared on social media.

The footage also shows police cars lining the street.

The post on Facebook


SeaWorld to end its controversial killer whale shows

Tilikum the whale featured in the documentary 'Blackfish' which criticised SeaWorld. Credit: Sea World/ YouTube

SeaWorld is to end its controversial killer whale shows after years of bad publicity.

A statement said "times have changing and we are changing with them", adding that the current generation of orcas in captivity will be the last.

The killer whales currently in our care will be the last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of today.

We always put the health and well-being of the whales first. We have the leading veterinary and scientific experts in the country to advise us on how to do this in a way that puts the health and well-being of the whales first.

We love our whales and so do many of our visitors and this is about doing the best thing for our whales, our guests, our employees and SeaWorld.

– SeaWorld statement.

It comes after years of protests against the shows and the documentary 'Blackfish' which focused on captivity of killer whales and the male Orca Tilikum who had killed at least three people.

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