Florida expert flies to Chicago to help catch alligator

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2019

The Florida man who captured the elusive alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game Tuesday.

The Cubs said that when they heard Robb was planning to go to the game against the Cincinnati Reds, they asked him to do first-pitch honors.

"Chance the Snapper", as the gator was affectionately named, was caught overnight, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

Chance The Rapper had some competition roaming the streets of Chicago this past week.

Frank Robb of St. Augustine, Florida, arrived on Sunday and immediately began assessing the park and lagoon.

A news conference is expected later Tuesday morning, July 16.

Chance is a male measuring more than 5 feet and weighing 40 pounds.

"It was just a matter of finding him", Robb said a news conference announcing the capture. Reptilian Chance is believed to be four-to-five feet long, and officials promise that he will not be killed now that he is captured. A thick band of electrical tape held his jaw shut. Photos of the gator started showing up on social media about a week ago.

That's when Robb came to the rescue. "This is my blessing", Robb said.

"The Humboldt Park alligator has captured the imaginations of the entire city of Chicago and beyond and has united residents who have been following this story for the last week", Chicago Animal Care and Control said in a news release, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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