Chicago Honors Alligator Wrangler: Frank Robb Turns On Buckingham Fountain, Throws Out First Pitch

Mike Krauser
July 17, 2019 - 10:38 am
Frank Robb, alligator wrangler, turns on Buckingham Fountain

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Florida alligator wrangler who captured the 5-foot alligator that had been set free in the Humboldt Park Lagoon is continuing his whirlwind tour of Chicago. 

Frank Robb, an alligator expert and owner of Crocodilian Specialist Services in St. Augustine, Florida, threw out the first pitch at the Cubs game on Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning he turned on Buckingham Fountain.  

Related: 'An Amazing Capture': Alligator Caught In Humboldt Park Lagoon After Weeklong Search

"It's been pretty crazy," Robb said before hitting the switch on the fountain.

Robb said his plan had been to come to Chicago and be "incognito," to get the job done and get out without a lot of attention - but that did not quite work out and he said his experience has been "a blessing."

"A blessing does not quite cover it. When I came here, I had a plan. I was going to try to get in here, accomplish the job, get out of here and no one would ever know I was here - that was kind of my plan, kind of go incognito. The way it turned out, it worked out too and it's been really a complete blessing," Robb said.

He said he's heard from friends in South Africa and India who sent him stories about his efforts with the Humboldt Park alligator. 

"I have friends in South Africa sending me information about the story in South Africa. I have friends that do research in India, sending me articles from India. It's been pretty crazy," he said.

Kelly Gandurski, Executive Director Chicago Animal Care and Control, has been showing him around.  

She said she wanted to show him the lake and said "I'm not going to spill the beans," suggesting a visit to "The Bean" in Millennium Park. 

Park District General Supt. Mike Kelly said Robb is owed a debt of gratitude for catching the gator. 

He also suggested that Robb come back to Chicago for the Polar Plunge in the winter.  

Gandurski attempted to capture the mood of the week and said, "The people here are heartfelt. They care and I think it is a real testament to who we are and I think stories like this we don't hear enough about.