So far I haven’t found anyone calling it a “monster.” Officials confirm alligator living in Humboldt Park Lagoon, drawing curiosity seekers. Then again it is only about 4 or 5 feet long.
Chicago officials confirmed an alligator is living in Humboldt Park Lagoon after several people reported seeing the animal there Tuesday morning and others shared photos of it.
There’s even a guy called “Alligator Bob” who has helped “officials” catch alligators in the past.
In 2010, Alligator Bob helped capture an alligator in the North Branch of the Chicago River near Belmont Avenue. A 2008 capture in the South Branch of the river was billed at the time as the first time an alligator was found in the river. But a Tribune article from 1902 claimed one was found that July near what’s now Roosevelt Road.
Why people think keeping an alligator as a pet would be a good thing, and then why they would “release” one into Chicago waters… these things mystify me.