Alligator in Humboldt Park Lagoon captured

Photo credit: Chicago Animal Care and Control

CHICAGO — The search for an elusive alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon is over.

Eight days after it was first spotted, the reptile was captured overnight less than 24 hours after the city hired a expert from Florida to find it. Frank Robb was brought in after several attempts to capture it failed.

"I think we had taken eight loops around the lagoon and surrounding areas before we finally saw him, but once we were able to see him, it was one cast, one cast and done," Robb said at a Tuesday news conference

The 4-foot alligator was hiding in the lily pads when he was captured, and Animal Care and Control said closing the park was key to tracking down the reptile.

Robb showed off the gator at Tuesday's news conference, with media cameras rolling and fans snapping photos. Earning nicknames like "Chance the Snapper" and "Croc Obama," the alligator has captured the hearts of Chicago and gained national attention, too.

Animal control said they believe the gator was someone’s pet, and they dumped him in the lagoon.

The alligator is expected to go to a zoo, but that's still up in the air.

See you later, Humboldt gator!

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