August 22, 2009
Alligator found in river needs a home
An 3-foot-long alligator ventured far from home and ended up in the Chicago River, officials say.
After a man and his son spotted the gator in the North Branch of the river Friday, a Chicago Herpetological Society member scooped it from the water with his bare hands, a spokesman told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The gator's being cared for by the society for now, but needs a permanent home.
The society said the reptile is not aggressive, but is dangerous.
One chomp of its 80 teeth could cause a human to bleed to death in minutes.
The society says the gator was most likely someone's pet, brought from Florida or Louisiana.