Humboldt Park Alligator story takes on a life of its own

Humboldt Park Alligator story takes on a life of its own

See ya later alligator

It's been 3 days since an alligator was sighted in Chicago's Humboldt Park Lagoon and the story (and probably the alligator) just keeps getting bigger.

humboldtparkalligatorThe 4-to-5 foot reptile now has a name, Chance the Snapper; a twitter account--actually 2 twitter accounts (@HumboldtGator & @HumboldtParkGator); an Instagram account #humboldtgator; his own song and the start of a fashion line with Block Club Chicago selling "Humboldt Park Gator" t-shirts and tote bags.

I wouldn't be surprised if a book and movie deal are in the works. Even Chicago's mayor Lori Lightfoot has gotten into the act saying  "It’s always an urban myth that there’s alligators here, there, climbing out of toilets and things like that. When I saw what I think was a real picture, I was pretty surprised,"--dubbing the breaking news story as "gator-gate."

People are flocking to the West Side park to catch a glimpse of the gator, with the Chicago Park District putting up warning signs and fencing around the lagoon to discourage people--along with the growing media circus--from entering the lagoon. 
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Meanwhile Gator Bob, a volunteer with the Chicago Herpetological Society, has been on the Lagoon from the getgo on the lookout day and night, setting traps to catch Chance.

Alligator Bob scans the Humboldt Park Lagoon for the alligator in Chicago on July 10, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Alligator Bob scans the Humboldt Park Lagoon for the alligator in Chicago on July 10, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

On the "chance" the gator is trapped he/she will be relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation.

Until then Gator watch continues capturing the attention of the nation.

BREAKING: Chance hasn't been seen for over 24 hours. Why? According to Gator Bob “We might be looking for a carcass. The water temperature is 74 degrees, just like any other body, it’ll come floating to the surface. But I’m not saying he’s dead. He’s just missing.”

We hope that's not the case.

BREAKING 7:30am July, 16, 2019. Chance is alive and well and has been captured. MORE: The Chicago Park District will be holding a 10:00am (today) news conference with Chance in attendance.

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