Chicago police confirm alligator in lagoon
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Dateline: Chicago - 9-10 July 2019
Date: 07/10/2019 08:16 PM
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Chicago – 10 July 2019
1. Alligator in water
Chicago - 9 July 2019
2. Alligator in water
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Matt Duxbury, Alligator Watcher:
"It's a little strange to walk over these bridges that are, you know, a foot or two above the water knowing yea, there could be a five foot alligator in there."
4. Alligator in water
5. Various of volunteer from Chicago Herpetological Society looking for gator
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Tannehill, Chicago Police:
"Please do not approach it. Call 9-1-1 or 3-1-1."
7. People looking for alligator from bridge
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rencie Horst-Ruiz, Alligator Watcher:
"I'm not too shocked because this is Humboldt Park. I grew up here and people have been known to throw piranhas in here and there was a baby shark in here many years ago."
RENCIE HORST-RUIZ @ REN'S VIEW PHOTOGRAPHY - MUST COURTESY
9. Two still images of the alligator
10. Alligator in water
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Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4 to 5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says that investigators went to Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side and confirmed that the unusual resident is there as reported on social media.
Officials couldn't say how the creature got there.
City officials say alligator traps are being placed around the lagoon in hopes the animal will swim into one and be safely removed.
Guglielmi says the animal was expected to be trapped "and relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation."
Alligators favor warm weather climates such as Florida but have been known to survive temporarily in the cold through a process similar to hibernation.
Rencie Horst-Ruiz saw the alligator at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday while photographing a girl's quinceanera.
She says she wasn't too shocked since she's heard past reports of people putting piranhas in the water and even a young shark.