Still on the loose, Chicago voted to name an escaped alligator ‘Chance the Snapper’

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  • A 4-foot-long alligator was spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon on Tuesday, police said.
  • The animal has since evaded capture.
  • In the time since, the gator has been given a name: Chance the Snapper, in reference to hometown musician Chance the Rapper.
  • Parody accounts for the animal have also popped up.
  • But Alligator Bob, a volunteer with the Chicago Herpetological Society, warns the Chicago Sun-Times that if The Snapper isn’t caught soon things could become dangerous.
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In case you somehow missed it, alligator remains on the loose in a Chicago Park. The 4-foot-long animal was first spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon on Tuesday, police said. It has evaded capture ever since.

But since the reptile was first spotted swimming, people have taken to it.

In fact, they’ve even named it. Block Club Chicago, which has been reporting on the animal, said they put it to a vote and the animal’s name is none other than “Chance the Snapper.” Yes, the animal has been named after Chance the Rapper, the musician who hails from Chicago.

It didn’t take long for the first Chance to catch wind of his namesake. On Wednesday he tweeted “Just landed and found out I gotta alligator,” he said.

And it’s not just Chance (the Rapper) taking notice of Chance (the Snapper). Several parody accounts have popped up on Twitter personifying the gator.

There’s Chance The Snapper – The Humboldt Gator, the “official rival of Alligator Bob.”

And Humboldt Park Gator.

But Alligator Bob, a target of memes and an expert volunteer with the Chicago Herpetological Society, warned the Chicago Sun-Times that this might not be a laughing matter, after all.

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“This animal is safe right now – we are hoping,” said Bob, who declined to provide his last name. “But if we lose him when we try to get him in the trap, he’s going to be one vicious animal; he’s going to do anything he can because he’s never been trapped before.”

Bob has been patrolling the lake in a canoe in an attempt to locate the animal. Baiting traps have been set up with food like fish and chicken in attempts to lure the animal into a cage, according to ABC 7. Alligator Bob told the Sun-Times that a drone has been involved in the search for the alligator.

Alligators, it should be stated, are not native to Illinois. It’s not entirely clear how this one ended up there.

“If this is a pet alligator, it was probably kept in an aquarium and released” Jenny Schlueter, a spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control, told the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this week.

This isn’t the first time an alligator has been found in the Chicago area. In October 2018, a kayaker spotted a 4-foot-long alligator in Lake Michigan with its mouth taped shut.