Harmless Snake Leads To Lawsuit Against Walt Disney World

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A family plans to sue Walt Disney World after a child was bitten by a non-venomous snake at Animal Kingdom. The child was fine, but the family says that after witnessing the incident the boy’s grandmother had a heart attack and died a short time later.

Family attorney Matt Morgan said the snake fell from a tree in October 2014 and bit the 8-year old boy. At the heart of the dispute is whether the snake was wild or part of the Animal Kingdom exhibit.

Morgan claims the snake escaped its enclosure at the park into a public recreational area. But a park representative told News 6 the allegations “are an utter mischaracterization of the facts.” The snake was wild and non-venomous, and not part of the park's animal collection, said Disney.

There’s also dispute about what happened next. The family claims the boy’s grandmother went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later.


But Disney says the boy was treated by a park nurse and the family enjoyed the rest of their day at the park. There was no call for an ambulance following the incident, according to the Disney spokeswoman.


Morgan said the family, which has not been named, will file a formal lawsuit against Disney for injuries to the boy and wrongful death.

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