New information is surfacing about the alligator found in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
Monday's Chicago Tribune is reporting that the alligator is believed to be 3 years old and has been named "Allie" by authorities.
The paper reports, "By Sunday, Allie, an American alligator about 3 years old, was still "in distress'' from Friday's incident and was suffering from a metabolic bone deficiency, which likely means its diet was poor and lacked calcium for some time, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Herpetological Society.
The spokesman said a traveler going down an escalator spotted the "very lethargic" gator and grabbed an O'Hare custodian, who called police about 10 a.m. Friday."
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. That story is here: Alligator at O'Hare Airport in Chicago: New lead about who brought it there
On Monday, the Chicago Herpetological Society's president John Hood sent the Examiner.com the photos you see in the slideshow and the following statement:
"The alligator that was found Friday at the airport was a 25 inch animal in poor condition including soft bones, a condition known as Metabolic Bones Disease, from improper husbandry and poor diet. The Chicago Herpetological Society representative that was called out took possession of the animal from the airport security and Chicago police department. There is no indication how the animal ended up at the airport but its poor condition points to an owner with poor husbandry. Alligators are illegal to own in the state without a state issued permit. The Chicago Herpetological Society will take in animal surrenders, no questions asked. Any tropical reptiles released to the wilds in the Chicago area will die over winter and the CHS would like to prevent that."
As previously reported, as strange as it sounds, it is true. More background on the story here: Alligator at O'Hare Airport in Chicago: How did the little gator get there?
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