Florida expert captures elusive ‘Chance the Snapper’ at Chicago lagoon

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An American alligator measuring over five feet long, captured in a Chicago lagoon after eluding officials for almost a week, is shown in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., July 16, 2019.

Chicago Animal Care and Control also closed off a section of the park to keep people away.

An alligator aptly named Chance The Snapper had been on the loose in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon for over eight days but was finally captured on Tuesday (July 16), NBC News has reported.

Robb presented Chance to captivated reporters at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Tuesday morning, ending the unusual, week-long hunt.

The rogue alligator fell into human hands around 1:30 a.m. local time Tuesday. The five-foot-long reptile was spotted hanging out at the Humboldt Park lagoon - an unexpected sight for IL locals.

Susan Horton, a veterinarian at Chicago Exotics animal hospital, told the Chicago Tribune she was anxious for the alligator's health.

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The gator, nicknamed "Chance the Snapper", is between 4 and 5 feet long, specialists said, according to Chicago police.

"Wherever he came from or however he got here, he's a very healthy animal", Robb said.

"These types of animals don't make good pets", she said.

Police said the gator was captured safely and humanely.

So many spectators flocked to the park for a chance to see the city's wild alligator that officials erected a safety fence to create a barrier between the reptile and its curious public. The gator was given the moniker in an homage to Chicago's own Chance the Rapper. The alligator, however, "was exhausted, too, I'm sure", he said.

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