An alligator at O’Hare airport has been captured, after apparently being left behind as one of the objects not allowed on a flight. This is the working theory of how an alligator at O’Hare airport came to be, according to CNN on Nov. 3.
A passenger was the first to spot the toothy alligator under an escalator at O’Hare, one of the country’s busiest airports. When the passenger pointed out the alligator to a security guard, he radioed for help.
This is O’Hare Airport in Chicago, it is not in the middle of the Florida Keys or in the Louisiana Bayou, so Chicago Police Officer Anthony Oliver first thought this was a joke, when he received the call for help.
There wasn’t a need for a big game hunter for this creature, although it had a mouth full of sharp teeth and a tail that looked strong enough to whip it around at a moment’s notice. This alligator only measured 18-inches long.
The professional tools needed to catch the O’Hare alligator were nothing more than a broom and a dust pan. Then the creature was handed over to the local animal rescue folks. If a child saw this alligator and had mistaken it for a toy, there could have been a problem. The teeth definitely were big enough to do more than nibble.
Again, the working theory is that the owner of the reptile probably realized he or she couldn’t board their flight with the alligator in tow so they just let it go. The alligator lucked out because it actually was a victim of stunted growth from improper nutrition. The creature will receive care and then be transferred to a reptile park.