Chance the Snapper is released into a safe habitat in St. Augustine, Florida. (courtesy: St. Augustine Alligator Farm)

'Chance The Snapper' Released Into Florida Alligator Sanctuary

July 18, 2019 - 7:05 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago alligator known as "Chance the Snapper" has his own bachelor pad at a Florida zoo.

The creature that was the subject of a weeklong hunt at Humboldt Park Lagoon arrived at St. Augustine Alligator Farm and was released Thursday in a livestreamed event. Chance is expected to be quarantined for up to 90 days before he's introduced to other alligators, an official said in the livestream video.

The alligator was spotted last week at the West Side lagoon and prompted a search by Chicago police, the city's Animal Control department and a volunteer expert known as "Alligator Bob," whose efforts to trap the critter were stymied by large crowds. A Florida specialist, Frank Robb, was brought in this week and caught the reptile early Tuesday without harming him.

Chance the Alligator arrives at a Florida zoo. (courtesy: St. Augustine Alligator Farm)

With great fanfare, Chance was introduced to Chicago reporters, with his mouth taped sensibly (and temporarily) shut.

At Thursday's event in Florida, Chance arrived in an air shipping container. Zoo officials inspected Chance and determined the alligator is indeed male. The alligator was measured at 4 feet and weighed in at 18 pounds. A transponder was inserted into the animal before he was released into a pool. 

Image courtesy St. Augustine Alligator Farm