'Chance the Snapper': Chicago's Humboldt Park alligator one year later

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Believe it or not, it's been one year since "Chance the Snapper" took over Chicago headlines.

The infamous Humboldt Park alligator was pulled from one of the park's lagoons one year ago July 16 after multiple attempts from several wildlife captors over more than a week.

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After more than a week of evading trappers, an elusive alligator named Chance the Snapper by fans has finally been caught.


The city eventually called in Florida trapper Frank "Alligator" Robb from St. Augustine to capture the five-foot gator. Leadership from Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Chicago Park District confirmed the gator was safely and humanely caught by the wildlife expert.

WATCH: Alligator trapper Frank Robb describes how he caught the elusive 'Chance the Snapper'
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Trapper Frank Robb describes how he humanely caught Humbolt Park lagoon alligator.



Robb was given red carpet treatment after saving the city from the elusive animal.

Chance the Snapper's fandom extended from t-shirts to cocktails named after him, uniting residents who followed the story, many of whom were sad to see him go.

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The gator is now living on an animal preserve in Florida where he has reportedly grown about a half-foot longer since his capture.

The non-native creature is thought to have been the pet of someone who released him into that lagoon shortly before he was caught.

It is a misdemeanor to have a pet alligator in the state of Illinois, and it is also illegal to release a pet into a public park.

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