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Alligator Attack But for the Grace of God ... Another Child at Risk

6/16/2016 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616-boy-lagoon-alligator-florida-disney-FACEBOOK-01A little boy was wading in the lagoon at the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort -- in the exact place where an alligator put a 2-year-old in a death grip -- just 30 minutes before the attack.

Jennifer Vendetti and her son, Channing, went to the lagoon around the same time Lane Graves arrived. It appears Jennifer was okay with her son wading in the lagoon, despite the sign that warned people not to swim. Fact is ... he wasn't swimming -- he was wading.

As TMZ first reported, there were no signs warning of alligators, despite the fact that alligators populated the lagoon, and other resorts specifically warned guests of the reptiles.

Other former guests are now posting pics on social media ... showing their unsuspecting children wading in the Disney lagoon.

Oprah So, Who's the Head of the Obama Household?

6/15/2016 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Oprah almost got tongue-tied when our photog asked her who runs the White House ... not as in the government, but the house in which the First Family lives.

O was in D.C. with FLOTUS for the first White House women's summit.  

Oprah's dramatic pause -- and answer -- are epic.

Disney Attack Child Presumed Dead ... Alligators Persistent Problem in Lagoon

6/15/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cops have laid to rest any hope of rescuing the 2-year-old boy dragged into a Disney lagoon by an alligator, and they just revealed gators in the area have been a big problem for a long time.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings just said the boy is presumed dead. But a Fish and Wildlife official raised troubling questions about a hidden danger at Disney resorts ... gators populating its lagoons.

As we reported, the resort in question did not warn guests about alligators, but now officials say they routinely kill the gators they find in the waters, and that it's hard keeping them away.

Divers are now using sonar to find the child's body.

Disney has closed all beaches around the resort out of precaution. 

Disney Attack Evidence of Alligators Prior to Attack

6/15/2016 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A video has surfaced showing an alligator in a lagoon ... and the person who shot it tells TMZ it's the same body of water where a 2-year-old boy was attacked.

The clip shows a lagoon that has the same markers as the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando. Check out the raised sandbar. You also hear a small child excitedly yell about seeing an alligator.

The person who shot the video tells us it was recorded a few days ago ... shot from the wedding pavilion at the resort.

0615-sub-gator-polynesian-resort-facabook-01And we got this photo (above) which shows a gator in the same lagoon back last month.

Search and rescue responders have pulled several gators from the water in the last 12 hours, yet there are no signs posted warning people that alligators are in the water.

We contacted Disney but so far no comment.

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Disney Resort Gator Attack ... 2-Yr-Old Missing

6/14/2016 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:30 PM PT -- Cops say the 2-year-old was with his parents and siblings wading in about a foot of water when the attack happened. A rep for the Orange County Sheriff's Department says the boy's father tried rescuing the child from the gator but was unsuccessful and suffered minor injuries. Cops say there are "no swimming" signs posted around the lagoon. It's estimated the gator was between 4-7 ft. long.

A rep for Disney added, "Everyone here at Walt Disney Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our priority is the family and we are doing everything we can to help law enforcement." The family was staying at the resort on vacation from Nebraska.

Florida Fish and Wildlife is currently trying to locate and trap the gator.

update_grey_gray_barA 2-year-old child was snatched by an alligator and dragged into a lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, officials say ... and now cops are desperately searching the water.

Officials say the attack occurred around 9:30 PM Tuesday ... when the gator pulled the child into the Seven Seas Lagoon -- a man-made lake located between the resort and Walt Disney World.

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Model Ava Sambora Fantasstic Beauty!!

6/14/2016 7:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0614_Ava_Sambora_bikini_thong_launchAva Sambora's early in her modeling career but she's looking like a seasoned pro in her latest photo shoot ... from all angles.

The 18-year-old spawn of Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora was putting in work Monday in Malibu. Check out the pics ... Ava and some friends are doing well for the bikini industry.

Sorry, Richie ... she got it from her mama.

Nick Carter Drops $50k On Steampunk Nursery

6/13/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0610_nick_carter_baby_room_launchNick Carter's firstborn son put a $50k dent in his pop's pockets before the tot could even crawl.

Nick's son, Odin, was born April 19th, and the Backstreet Boy and wife Lauren went all out on Odin's naptime digs by hiring celeb designer Stephanie Avila from Rock a Bye Mommy to build the nursery while Tori Swaim from New Arrivals, Inc. hooked up the baby bedding.

The hefty price included construction and furniture ... and these ain't discount items. The crib was $700, $1,200 for sconces, a $550 lamp and a $2,500 couch. 

We're told Lauren and Nick loved the steampunk wallpaper, and decided to run with the industrial motif for the whole room.

Check out the pics of the decor ... which guarantees little Odin's a lock for Burning Man come 2034.

Kim Zolciak Our Daughter Got Good Vibrations From Dog Shock Collar

6/10/2016 8:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Zolciak is trying to stem the tide of outrage ... insisting she did not use a dog collar to shock her daughter.

Kim posted a video showing 14-year-old Ariana unbuckling the shock collar around the family dog's neck, and putting it around her own.

The collar emits shock waves when it's activated by a button, which hubby Kroy had in his hand. Kroy was pushing away and Ariana reacted, but Kim insists the collar was at such a low level it was merely a vibration and not a shock. 

The good news ... Ariana learned how to roll over. 

'Finding Dory' Cash Cow for Fish Stores ... Deadly for the Fish

6/10/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0607-finding-dory-getty-disney-01Disney's "Finding Dory" is causing a rift in the exotic fish community ... which believes the movie could bring a financial boom -- but also massacre the fish population.

We called a bunch of fish dealers who say they've stocked up on blue tangs -- Dory's species -- expecting a rush once the movie premieres. The same spike happened for clownfish after "Finding Nemo."

Tangs ain't cheap -- one goes for $40 to $60 ... So there's big money to be made.

But many experts told us they're worried tons of blue tangs will die when parents flock to buy the fragile fish for kids because tangs require a very specific, exotic tank setup. As one enthusiast put it ... fish novices "will kill these creatures."     

One store owner sounded like he had PTSD from the 'Nemo' craze, and said he's stocking ZERO blue tangs ... just to avoid the "screaming kids."

Shop wisely.

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Blue Ivy I'm Running the Show And You'll Take No For An Answer

6/7/2016 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Blue Ivy laid down the law with her famous father in tow ... NO pictures!!!

Blue channeled her inner Meghan Trainor Monday in NYC while tagging along with mama Beyonce and Jay Z at the CFDA's Fashion Awards.

Playing in her head all night -- Blue's gonna run this town tonight.

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Bobby Brown Breaks Down in Tears ... 'I Lost My Baby'

6/3/2016 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

060316_bobby_brownBobby Brown lost it while describing the moment he decided to turn off Bobbi Kristina's life support.

Brown sat down with ABC's Robin Roberts to talk not only about his daughter's death, but also his ex-wife Whitney Houston.

The singer covers a lot of ground -- including the first time Bobby saw Whitney do drugs, and how addiction affected their marriage and his finances. The interview airs next week on "20/20." 

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Madonna & Rocco Gonna Dress You Up ... In a Mask

6/1/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0601-madonna-rocco-ritchie-broadway-masks-INF-01Madonna finally got what she wanted ... her son Rocco back in New York City and she's wasting no time getting in some QT.

Madge took Rocco, older sis Lourdes and some pals out Tuesday to the off-Broadway show "Sleep No More." They all left wearing masks -- it's part of the show -- but their cover was already blown.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie made peace a couple months ago in their custody war over Rocco -- and it looks like he's out of school in the U.K. now, and ready to hang with Mom.

Happy ending for everyone. 

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Chris Brown Drops Big Chill On Royalty's Bday Bash

6/1/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Royalty's 2nd birthday party was truly fit for a baller princess.

Chris Brown and Nia Guzman's little one got the "Frozen" treatment Sunday. Royalty even made a grand entrance on a pony and chilled with Elsa, Anna and Olaf ... all with fake snow coming down.

We're told the sugary goodies alone -- including a customized 3-tier castle cake with rhinestone towers -- cost Royalty's parents a cool $10k at Sweet Serenity Desserts.

Chris couldn't attend, since he's on tour, but bragged about dropping $30k on the whole shindig. Apparently llamas and mini horses don't come cheap.

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