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(UPI) A Florida zoo has made a new home for an alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon.

The 4-foot, 18-pound male rogue alligator, "Chance the Snapper,"that was captured Tuesday in Chicagor's Humboldt Park lagoon by Frank Robb, a professional alligator trapper summoned from Florida, has gained attention through photos online.

The Saint Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park had recommended the now- famous gator trapper for the job, who lives 100 miles south in Cocoa, but has a local connection, as he sometimes visits the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm to conduct research.

On Friday, the zoo updated its Facebook Page with "Chance the Snapper" as its cover photo.

The zoo posted on Facebook that it was doing everything it could to make the gator "feel at home," including a Chance the Snapper welcome banner, playing Chicago music and getting him pizza.

Chance was brought to the zoo by plane and staged for release Thursday when a staffer removed the tape that held his jaws together and released him into a pond after he was measured.

 

"It's good for the alligator, and it's good for us," said Park Owner David Drysdale at the scene.

Chance will have to stay in the enclosure for at least 90 days to make sure he's illness free and won't hurt other gators before joining the general alligator population, park Director John Brueggen said.

Brueggen said that even though farm is in the zoo's name, the animals in the park are protected.

"Even though we're called a farm, we've never actually been a farm," he said. So, we're not going to make belts and wallets our of any other guys, much less Chance the Snapper.

Brueggen added that "Chance the Snapper" was probably connected to someone who didn't keep him securely or released him, but he would not have survived the Chicago winter.

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