Chicago's alligator "Chance the Snapper" caught

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 16, 2019

CHICAGO — A little alligator caused quite a distraction at Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago.

"Chance the Snapper" as he is known, was caught Tuesday morning, one week after it was first spotted swimming in the lagoon. The 5'3' alligator that weighs about 30 or 40 pounds forced a partial shutdown of the park.

Authorities were able to catch Chance with the help of Florida alligator expert Frank Robb. Robb used a fishing rod to hook the gator in the tail and then reeled him in, grabbed him and tied him up.

Chicago's Animal Care and Control said they believe the gator was being kept as a pet before he was taken into the lagoon. Officials said Chance the Snapper will be taken to the nearest zoo to be seen by a reptile veterinarian. '

Humboldt Park is now open.

(NBC Chicago and CNN contributed to this story)