Alligators in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport? Yes, as strange as it sounds, a small sized alligator was found under an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Yahoo News reported Sunday.
Click here for an updated article on how authorities now think the alligator got there.
The small alligator measured only about a foot long. It was discovered by maintenance workers on Friday in O’Hare’s Terminal 3. And authorities say it was an alligator, not a crocodile as some had erroneously reported.
How do you capture an alligator on the loose in an airport?
Airport authorities said that a police officer caught the alligator by putting a trash can over it. The gator is now in custody of the Chicago Herpetological Society.
"It was in pretty bad shape," said Jason Hood, the society's president. "We're trying to get it healthy and find a place for it."
New home for the wayward airport alligator?
Chicago authorities hope to soon be saying, "See you later alligator."
The Herpetological Society says the alligator would likely be sent to an out-of-state, and presumably a southern state, alligator farm. The alligator would be separated from the large sized alligators like the ones you see in the slideshow photos in this article.
Authorities are trying to determine if the airport alligator was bred to be small or was simply a baby alligator.
No one was injured in this O’Hare Airport alligator saga.
How did the alligator get to the airport?
CNN reported Sunday, “Carrying an alligator bag on an airline flight is fine, but live alligators are banned from boarding. That might explain why a toothy reptile was slithering around Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday.” Click here to view video of the airport alligator from CNN.
Of course, there is abundant speculation. Most are guessing that someone thought about smuggling the alligator in their luggage but had second thoughts once they saw the security measures in place at the airport.
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