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.