Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator

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After almost a week on the run, the 5-foot-long alligator causing havoc in Chicago's Humboldt Park has finally been found, according to authorities.

Frank Robb of St. Augustine, Florida, arrived Sunday and assessed the park and lagoon.

An alligator aptly named Chance The Snapper had been on the loose in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon for over eight days but was finally captured on Tuesday (July 16), NBC News has reported.

"The Humboldt Park alligator has captured the imaginations of the entire city of Chicago and beyond and has united residents who have been following this story for the last week", Chicago Animal Care and Control said in a news release, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"I saw his eyes shine and caught him with my fishing rod", Robb said.

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Chance - whose name sounds a lot like Chicago's own Chance the Rapper - looked pretty calm as Robb pulled him out of a big plastic tub, and he didn't squirm as he settled into Robb's grip.

"Chance the Snapper" in captivity.

The city has said it is already looking for roomier quarters, most likely a wildlife sanctuary or a zoo.

Susan Horton, a veterinarian at Chicago Exotics animal hospital, told the Chicago Tribune she was anxious for the alligator's health.

Sections of the park were closed to the public Monday on Robb's recommendation, to reduce the noise and kerfuffle that could keep the animal in hiding. "It's pretty much an unregulated trade".

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