Officials at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are still scratching their heads trying to figure how a small alligator came to be found underneath one of their airport’s escalators on Friday, Nov. 1.
USA Today reported that a maintenance worker is being credited with discovering the reptile in Ohare’s Terminal 3. As far as alligators go, this one was small, measuring only about one foot long. Authorities say the gator was also in poor health.
One of Chicago’s finest managed to contain the alligator by placing a trash can over it.
Jose Estrada, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police said that the origins of the reptile are unknown. There are no explanations for where the alligator came from or how long it’s been living at the airport.
Estrada referred to the discovery of the gator as just "one of those random incidents."
The reptile was turned over to the Chicago Herpetological Society for care and safekeeping.
"It was in pretty bad shape," said Jason Hood, the group's president.
"We're trying to get it healthy and find a place for it."
Hood went on to say that the gator would most likely be turned over to out-of-state alligator farm after it was safe to do so.