Chicago Herpetological Society A small alligator like this was found under an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Chicago Herpetological Society
A small alligator like this was found under an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Alligator at O’Hare Airport

According to airport officials, a baby alligator, over 12 inches long, was discovered near an escalator at Chicago O’Hare airport on Friday morning. Officials are still puzzled over how this alligator was able to sneak it’s way so far through the airport without being noticed by the population.

This baby alligator was discovered by a passenger who was located at terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare. This alligator made it through a huge portion of the airport to the escalator before being discovered. Once the alligator was discovered, airline employees attempted to catch it before the situation became out of hand.

The airline immediately called the local police in order to find a solution. According to Chicago Police Officer Anthony Oliver, the station thought that the call must be a hoax; however, once they realized it was a legitimate call they were astonished and somewhat amused.

According to officials, the alligator, once found, was captured by an employee with a broom and a dustpan and held in a trash receptacle on the premises until it was able to be picked up by officials, reports Philly.Com.

“We don’t know where it came from or how long it’d been residing in the airport facilities,” Estrada said. “It’s one of those random incidents.”

This sneaky air port alligator was between 12 to 18 inches long and has since been transferred to the Chicago Herpetological Society.

The gator is now being cared for by the Chicago Herpetological Society.

“It was in pretty bad shape,” said Jason Hood, the group’s president. “We’re trying to get it healthy and find a place for it.”

the gator now known as Allie, would normally live in temperatures of 85-90 degrees, can grow in size to four feet and can have the same life expectancy of humans and sometimes owners don’t realize it.

“Everybody thinks they’re cute and adorable when they’re small,’’ he said. They grow up to be not only much larger, but also with teeth.

“One of the problems is they live so darn long…people don’t realize…when your child turns 18 you can throw him out the door but this is America — you have to be a responsible pet owner,’’

“Allie will be stuck in quarantine until it gets healthy again,’’ he said.

“After that, the society will find a permanent home for it in another state. The conditions in Chicago are not perfect for raising alligators.”

There were no injuries reported.