Authorities say they've finally caught Chicago alligator 'Chance the Snapper'
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Chicago authorities announced Tuesday morning that “Chance the Snapper,” the alligator that’s been roaming free for nearly a week, has finally been captured.

The 5-foot-3-inch freshwater alligator had been on the loose in Humboldt Park, eluding local officials and prompting the site to partially shut down, Chicago police said during a press conference.


St. Augustine, Fla., alligator expert Frank Robb had to travel to Chicago on Sunday to help catch Chance, who earned the moniker after the website Block Club Chicago held a contest. Among the competing entries were Croc Obama, Frank Lloyd Bite and Ruth Gator Ginsburg. The musician Chance the Rapper was born and raised in Chicago.

At about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, after some 36 hours of tracking and surveillance, Robb hooked the 30- to 40-pound alligator with a fishing rod, reeled him in and grabbed him before tying him up, he told reporters.

"It was just a matter of finding him," Robb said.

Humboldt Park has since reopened to the public, and Chance is now at Chicago Animal Care and Control, where he will remain until being transferred to an alligator sanctuary, the department tweeted.