Transcript for 'Chance the Snapper' caught by trapper in Chicago lake
Robin, now to relief in Chicago because chance the snapper has been found. The wayward alligator finally caught by a Florida trapper who was called in to save the day. ABC's gio Benitez is in Chicago with more and, gio, the windy city made sure to celebrate that new hero. Reporter: Oh, they sure did, good morning to you. Yeah, he threw out the first pitch at the cubs game last night and now people are back to using this very popular park here in Chicago, but they are still talking about chance the snapper. The fugitive gator nicknamed chance the snapper is finally out of hiding this morning after a sleepless 36 hours of searching, gator expert frank Robb from Florida captured him in the middle of the night, 1:30 A.M. Tuesday. When we first saw him, he went down for a minute then he vocalized and popped back up and one cast and it was a done deal. Reporter: Chicago had been dealing with this gator dilemma for about a week. Officials believe someone had the five-foot-three gator as a pet and released him illegally but Robb hooked him with this fishing rod. When it comes to alligators specifically, they got to be a bit of a team player. If they don't give you a little bit you won't ever catch one. Reporter: We saw firsthand how difficult it is to catch gators when we went out with hunters in the Mississippi delta in 2014. Saw his eyes. Reporter: Those eyes are the best locators in the dead of night. That's why Robb says he needed the perfect conditions without residents and tourists trying to catch a glimpse of the latest celebrity. We needed quiet. We needed to have the place shut down for awhile and let the animal relax so he would give us an opportunity. Reporter: And he did. That successful capture has now made Robb the toast of the windy city even throwing out the first pitch at last night's cubs game. And we're told chance the snapper was totally unharmed. He's going to be sent to a sanctuary either here in Illinois or Florida but no doubt he is safe and so are the people who use this park. Thank goodness, gio.
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