Alligator Found In Chicago O'Hare International Airport

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

November 3, 2013 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (21Alive) – It wasn't an alligator-print bag that appeared at a baggage claim at O’Hare International Airport, it was an actual alligator!

The two-foot-long gator was discovered Friday at Baggage Claim 3. A maintenance worker spotted the alligator under an escalator.

Police say the gator was contained in a trash can and turned over to the Chicago Herpetological

Exactly how it got into the airport remains a mystery, but officials suspect the gator was dumped.

It is illegal to own an alligator in Illinois without a permit from the Department of Natural Resources.

Officers named the alligator "Allie”, and the Herpetological Society plans to find a permanent home for it outside of Illinois.

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