What Ever Happened To ... Chicago's 'Chance The Snapper'?

Steve Miller
July 09, 2020 - 3:05 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — It was one year ago today that Chance the Snapper was first spotted in the Humboldt Park Lagoon — and a week later, when his life changed forever.

The saga of July 2019 created two celebrities: Chance the Snapper, an apparently abandoned young gator, and Alligator Robb — otherwise known as Frank Robb — the Florida man who caught Chance and took him to warmer climes after a highly publicized capture.

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Robb said he visits Chance every month or so at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

“I think he kinda gives me that stink-eye a little bit, like, ‘Man, are you that guy again?  Dagnabbit. You’re back here again?’" said Robb.

“I say that jokingly, but they don’t forget. They’re one of those animals that really, their memory is so advanced. Their thought processes are so advanced.," he continued. "People give them not a whole lot of credit because their brain is small," he said. "An alligator his size has a brain the size of a grape. But unlike us, they’re using every single bit of it.”

Chance The Snapper In 2020
What Chance the Snapper looks like today, living in Florida (courtesy: Frank Robb)

Robb said Chance grew six inches the first three or four months he was at the alligator farm. And he said he’s probably grown a foot by now.

Robb’s life changed, too, when he came to Chicago. He became an overnight celebrity. He said he still has a girlfriend here.

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