A small alligator was found under an escalator at O’Hare International Airport before authorities escorted it to safety.
Chicago Tribune reports that someone found the reptile on Friday in the lower level of Terminal 3 before informing an O’Hare custodian who called the police at 10 a.m. Officials used a broom to lead the 3-year-old alligator to a box and eventually to the Chicago Herpetological Society.
A spokesman for the Chicago Herpetological Society said that the animal seems to be suffering from a metabolic bone deficiency which means it lacks calcium. The animal still needs time to recover before it can be set out on the wild but it will probably not be in Chicago for much longer since alligators need to live in warmer environments like Florida. The society spokesman said that the reptile was moved there by a human being and it could have been injured or killed in the airport if someone didn’t find it.
Two weeks ago, a massive alligator made its way to the entrance of a Walmart in Florida.