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Family threatens lawsuit after snake bite at Disney park

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 1/29/2016 By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

In this April 22, 1998, file photo, a river boat leaves the dock at Safari Village in Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. © AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File In this April 22, 1998, file photo, a river boat leaves the dock at Safari Village in Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ORLANDO, Fla. — An Alabama family says an escaped snake at Disney's Animal Kingdom dropped from a tree and bit a boy, which led to the death of the boy's grandmother.

The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said Thursday that the family plans to sue Disney World.

He says the grandmother saw the snake bite the boy, went into cardiac arrest and died a short time later.

Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler says the allegations mischaracterize what happened.

Disney contends the snake was wild, not part of an Animal Kingdom exhibit, and that there was no call for an ambulance for the grandmother after the incident.

Disney also says after the boy was treated with a Band-Aid, the family returned to the park.

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