The story of an alligator at O'Hare Airport in Chicago is making headlines in the UK with new information about who may have taken the little gator to the airport.
Click here for an updated article with recently released photos of the O'Hare alligator: Alligator at O'Hare: Authorities now know more about Chicago gator
The headline in Monday's Daily Mail read, "Alligator found under airport escalator after being abandoned by man who'd brought it via train
"officer captured the reptile by putting a trash can over it
"Photos appeared on Twitter of a similar-looking gator traveling to the airport via train
"It is believed the owner probably left the animal behind after realized they weren’t going to get it past security"
CBS Chicago reported on Monday that the same alligator was likely captured on a Twitter photo heading to a train at the airport.
"As for how the alligator got to O’Hare, that’s still under investigation. But it’s possible his owner brought him by train on the Blue Line, based on a picture that someone posted on Twitter Friday."
“They probably realized they couldn’t take it through check point, and just let him go, but oh my God,” Tineka Walker of Universal Security told CBS 2.
As previously reported, as strange as it sounds, it is true. An alligator was found in Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Friday. The foot-long gator was discovered by maintenance workers in O’Hare’s Terminal 3. And Chicago Police say it was an alligator, not a crocodile as some had erroneously reported.
How do you capture an alligator?
A police officer caught the gator by putting a trash can over it. The alligator is now in custody of the Chicago Herpetological Society.
"It was in pretty bad shape," the society's president Jason Hood said, "We're trying to get it healthy and find a place for it."
New home for the abandoned airport alligator?
Chicago police hope to soon be saying, "See you later alligator."
The Herpetological organization says the alligator would likely be sent to an out-of-state alligator farm. The gator would be separated from the large sized alligators like the ones you see in the slideshow photos in this article.
Baby alligator or small alligator?
Experts are trying to determine if the airport alligator was bred to be small or was simply a baby alligator.
Fortunately, 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.
What’s your opinion? How do you think the alligator go there? Leave your comments below.
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