Alligator Bob

17 Jul 19
Red Tricycle

Build a sandcastle, visit the county fair and hang with the Rams—all in one fun-filled weekend the whole fam will love.

17 Jul 19
Block Club Chicago
DOWNTOWN — Frank Robb, the man who caught Humboldt Park’s alligator, became an overnight sensation in Chicago. Chance the Snapper was caught early Tuesday. Robb’s been hailed as a hero for saving the gator, Chance the Snapper, from almost certain death in the lagoon after catching the crocodilian early Tuesday. He spoke at a news conference, threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game and even turned on Buckingham Fountain on Wednesday morning. “I’m not famous in Florida. I wouldn’t say I’m famous here. It’s just I was able to help the city, do a service for the city,” Robb told Block Club Chicago after turning on the fountain. “I’m a very humble man and this whole thing, I’m not sure how to process it.” Robb, who lives in eastern Florida, said he and his uncle — who taught him how to trap gators — had been following the Chance the Snapper saga in the news from home. So it was a surprise when Chicago officials reached out to him and asked him to come catch Chance. “We were commenting and thinking about it, saying it’d be interesting to be able to go up there and help them with this, and then we got the phone call,” Robb said. “It was shocking.” He's trapped alligators for 24 years, catches about 400 every year and the biggest he gets can hit 12 feet. pic.twitter.com/E8sBv536o1— Kelly Bauer (@BauerJournalism) July 17, 2019 Chance, who was first spotted in the Humboldt Park lagoon on July 9, had captivated the city for a week before Robb came: Hundreds of people came to the lagoon to get a glance at the gator, who only periodically came up to the surface. Chicagoans tried to catch him with chicken but otherwise danced, picnicked, had family time or met with neighbors along the water’s edge. The city’s fascination with the gator, who was named Chance the Snapper through a Block Club poll, made national news. But experts worried Chance wouldn’t survive a cold winter in the lagoon (and he might not be the friendliest to the area’s pets and people), so they called in Robb. He planned to “catch the gator incognito,” he said. Robb arrived in the city Sunday, set up Monday and had already reeled in Chance by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. And just like that, Robb became a hero to people throughout Chicago. People have been recognizing him on the street and stopping him, he said. They also keep giving him pizza recommendations, he said, but he’s never been to the Midwest so he’s not sure which one to try. The attention is a far cry from what Robb experiences in Florida, where he catches about 400 gators per year — some up to 12 feet long, some just tiny hatchlings — and has worked trapping alligators for 24 years. He’s not too famous there, he said. His plan was to "catch the gator incognito." Then Chicago fell in love with him. (It feels like 88 degrees out here and this man was wearing a long-sleeved shirt AND a Chance the Snapper T-shirt.) pic.twitter.com/tykWiln11g— Kelly Bauer (@BauerJournalism) July 17, 2019 Robb said he plans on leaving Chicago on Thursday afternoon and doesn’t have any more events lined up for now. But there’s good news for his fans: Robb’s single and could be looking for love in Chicago, he joked. (For those curious, he’s thinking about hitting up some museums on Wednesday afternoon.) And Robb had kind words to say about his alligator foe, Chance: He said the gator was a “handsome little alligator” and he thinks his name is funny. “I don’t know how to put it into words. I really don’t,” Robb said. “It’s been a great blessing.” Thank you to alligator expert Frank Robb, who safely and humanely captured the Humboldt Park Lagoon alligator, for joining us tonight! pic.twitter.com/mXMFfKzdSU— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 16, 2019 Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods. 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Here’s How Experts Rescue Exotic Animals in the City Yes, There’s An Alligator Living In The Humboldt Park Lagoon … And Chicago Is Cheering It On GATOR WATCH SWAG Yes, we made shirts to commemorate this very Chicago news story. Designed by local artist Ryan Duggan, get your limited-edition tote and t-shirt here while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit Block Club Chicago, an independent, nonprofit neighborhood newsroom. 
17 Jul 19
Block Club Chicago
HUMBOLDT PARK — Chicago’s favorite wayward alligator, Chance The Snapper, was caught early Tuesday, ending a six-day-long watch party in Humboldt Park. The hunt had people from all over the city rushing to the neighborhood’s namesake park to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive reptile. In between sightings, people enjoyed the sun, ate, met their neighbors or had family time — all in Humboldt Park. For six days, it felt like Chance The Snapper — and Humboldt Park, Chicago’s Puerto Rican enclave — was all anyone was talking about. Locals say that positive attention was good for the neighborhood. “Often times in the media, you see violence being highlighted,” said Ruben David Feliciano, longtime Humboldt Park resident and member of the Puerto Rican Agenda. Gator catcher Frank Robb holds Chance the Snapper at a press conference Tuesday. “I saw this as a positive. People are learning about our community, they’re coming to Humboldt Park.” In a Facebook post, a member of the East Humboldt Park Neighborhood Association said the gator frenzy “showed our beautiful neighborhood in a different light.” “We are a neighborhood of families, small businesses, an entrepreneurial spirit, resilient residents, and amazing culture, all anchored by Chicago’s most beautiful park,” the post reads. Feliciano said community leaders have worked hard to make sure the park is “welcoming and inviting.” “There was a time not too long ago that our park was disinvested,” he said. Today, the park hosts all manner of events, including the Puerto Rican Parade and Sangria Festival. The local little league team that plays at the park’s Little Cubs Field is headed to the state championship. “There’s a lot of events,” he said. “It’s just a matter of connecting all of these events so more residents” know about them. Feliciano and other residents said the gator frenzy introduced people who weren’t otherwise familiar with Humboldt Park to the neighborhood park and all of the great things happening there. Several food trucks, all of them serving traditional Puerto Rican food, are stationed around Humboldt Park. Of the few food truck operators interviewed by Block Club, only one said she saw a significant boost in business during the gator frenzy. “Too much people,” said Sonia Cervantes, employee at El Secreto del Sabor, as she prepared delivery orders. Sonia Cervantes, employee at El Secreto del Sabor, a food truck stationed in Humboldt Park. Alex Oliver, operator of Boritacos food truck, said he was struck by all of the new faces in and around the park. “Normally, in the past, we don’t see that. So that’s good,” Oliver said, adding that he noticed more people walking and riding scooters past his truck. Milagro Figueroa, who helps run Latin American Restaurant food truck, laughed when a Block Club reporter asked if she found the hunt exciting. “For me, it’s nothing new. In Puerto Rico. … there were all kinds of animals,” said Figueroa, who moved from the island to Chicago in 1973. Humboldt Park resident Mari Rodriguez, who came to the park to look for the gator over the weekend, said the experience was fun — and good for the neighborhood. “This is good publicity for Humboldt Park and I think it’s bringing revenue and it’s bringing people from other places to come and visit Humboldt Park. It’s a good thing.” Do stories like this matter to you? Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods. Hundreds of people visited the park to try and catch a glimpse of the elusive gator. GATOR WATCH 2019 COVERAGE With No New Humboldt Park Alligator Sightings In 24 Hours, Concern For Reptile’s Health Rises The Humboldt Park Gator Has A Name Thanks To Thousands Of Voters: Chance The Snapper 10 Things Alligator Bob Taught Us About Gators, Life And Everything In Between As Humboldt Park Gator Watch Enters Day 3, Alligator Bob Says The Creature Is Getting Comfortable Chicago’s Alligator Search Highlights Illegal Pet Dilemma, But Experts Urge: Please Don’t Just Dump Them It’s GatorWatch In Humboldt Park As Chicago Comes Together To Search For A Scared Alligator How Did A Gator End Up In The Humboldt Park Lagoon? Here’s How Experts Rescue Exotic Animals in the City Yes, There’s An Alligator Living In The Humboldt Park Lagoon … And Chicago Is Cheering It On
17 Jul 19
CBS Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — Alligator expert Frank Robb was hoping to “go incognito” when the city hired him to help find and trap the alligator found in the Humboldt Park lagoon, after it evaded attempts to capture it for several days. Instead, Robb is the city’s newest celebrity, throwing out the first pitch for the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, and turning on Buckingham Fountain on Wednesday. “When I came here, I had a plan where I was going to try to get in here, accomplish the job I had set forth from the city of Chicago, and get out of here, and nobody ever know I was here,” he said Wednesday morning in Grant Park. “The way it turned out, it worked out too, and it’s been really a complete blessing.” The city hired Robb, owner of Crocodilian Specialist Services in Florida, after Animal Care and Control teams, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police, and volunteer herpetologist “Alligator Bob” couldn’t lure the gator into humane traps last week. The city also closed off the eastern half of the park on Sunday, hoping quieter conditions would lure the gator out of hiding. Early Tuesday morning, Robb caught the gator using a fishing pole with a grappling hook on the end of the line. He said all it took was some peace and quiet in the park. “When we first saw him, he went down for a minute, and then he vocalized. He popped back up, and one cast and it was a done deal,” Robb said. Florida alligator expert Frank Robb receives a round of applause as he holds an alligator during a news conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago. Robb captured the elusive alligator in a public lagoon at Humboldt Park early Tuesday. At left is Kelley Gandurski, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky) He certainly didn’t expect to become the toast of the town for doing what he’s done for the past 24 years in Florida. “I’ve been getting phone calls from area codes I have no idea where they are. I have friends in South Africa sending me information about the story from South Africa. I’ve got friends that do research in India sending me articles from India. It’s been pretty crazy,” he said. Robb also got primo seats for the Cubs game Tuesday night, and threw out the first pitch. Alligator expert and trapper Frank Robb throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on July 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) As for the alligator, Chicago Animal Care and Control director Kelly Gandurski said no final decision has been made yet on where it will go. Officials are trying to find a zoo or sanctuary to take the reptile, but want to make sure it will receive the proper care. For now, he’s being kept in a dark quiet room to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Robb said it was clear from the alligator’s health that someone had been keeping the alligator as a pet before releasing it into the lagoon. “He’d been doing very good for himself, wherever he was,” he said. While the gator was doing well enough for himself in the lagoon in the middle of the summer, Robb said winter would have been a much different story. “In a place like this in Chicago, obviously a gator’s not going to have a very good chance of making it year round. It’s a rough situation for the animal,” he said. As for his plans for the rest of his time in Chicago, Robb was mum Wednesday morning. However, Chicago Park District CEO said he might invite the Florida native to come back next winter to take part in the annual Polar Plunge in Lake Michigan.
17 Jul 19
News Directory

Related Press Published 9:42 a.m. ET July 16, 2019 | Updated 1:28 p.m. ET July 16, 2019 CLOSE The alligator Frank Robb, a Florida expert, is present at a news conference, Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Chicago. Robb took the charity alligator in a public lagoon in Humboldt Park early on Tuesday. (Photo: Ashlee Rezin, […]

16 Jul 19
Consequence of Sound
We’ve still yet to get our hands on Chance the Rapper’s new album, but someone finally got a hold of his alligator. A gator lovingly nicknamed Chance the Snapper had been swimming around Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon for at least a week and was finally captured on Tuesday. Authorities believe the alligator started as someone’s pet and was likely dumped in the Lagoon once it grew too large (via The Chicago Sun Times). A member of the Chicago Herpetological Society known only as Alligator Bob was called in to catch the critter, but after laying numerous traps and utilizing the assistance of a drone, but after nearly a week of failed efforts, the big guns were called in — a Florida Man. As The AV Club reports, Frank Robb flew in from the Sunshine State to have a go at picking up the prehistoric Snapper. Within 24 hours, he’d captured the five-foot, three-inch male alligator and presented it at a press conference. Of course, Chance the Rapper was as tickled as anyone about Chance the Snapper: Just landed and found out I gotta alligator — Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) July 10, 2019 Though he will no longer stalk the waters of Humboldt Park, Chance the Snapper will find a new home at the zoo. Check out a pic of the Lil Chanogator and the press conference about his capture below. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is set to appear on Fallon tonight, and we’d be shocked if Chance the Snapper didn’t come up in conversation. The Chicago MC’s mixtapes recently hit streaming services and received vinyl pressings, while his forthcoming full-length debut record is expected by the end of the month. Pre-orders are going on now. He’s also set to perform at a number of upcoming festivals — including iHeartRadio Music Festival, Life Is Beautiful, and Miami Beach Pop Festival — so check for tickets here. We have a photo of Chance the Snapper and HE'S ADORABLE.https://t.co/UJqhBaiMmy #HumboldtGator #GatorWatch2K19 @chancetherapper pic.twitter.com/Mo1AsIcFGn — Block Club Chicago (@BlockClubCHI) July 16, 2019 [cos-videojs id=”drakefoodreferences-1519096448373,topsongsof2018-1544504630286,travisscott27stop5videos-1533853051677,tourupdateslizzo-1558043203106,marqueemomentsajr-1558043165633″ auto_play=true show_playlist=true sticky=true]
16 Jul 19
WGN Radio - 720 AM

Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns are back from vacation and ready to preview Bears training camp. In this episode they preview the offense, but not before covering Robbie Gould’s new contract with the 49ers. The guys also discuss why Alligator Bob is a lot like Cody Parkey.

16 Jul 19
Outside The Know

Chance the Snapper, the elusive alligator who captured America’s attention when he slyly moved into Chicago’s Humboldt Park, is no longer at large. Chicago officials confirmed the reptile fugitive was caught early Tuesday morning. Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director Kelley Gandurski said during a press conference later Tuesday that the city believes the […]

16 Jul 19
World Best News

Chance the Snapper, the elusive alligator who captured America’s attention when he slyly moved into Chicago’s Humboldt Park, is no longer at large. Chicago officials confirmed the reptile fugitive was caught early Tuesday morning. Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director Kelley Gandurski said during a press conference later Tuesday that the city believes the […]

16 Jul 19
Current News Vista

Chance the Snapper, the elusive alligator who captured America’s attention when he slyly moved into Chicago’s Humboldt Park, is no longer at large. Chicago officials confirmed the reptile fugitive was caught early Tuesday morning. Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director Kelley Gandurski said during a press conference later Tuesday that the city believes the […]

16 Jul 19
technopc

Chance the Snapper, the elusive alligator who captured America’s attention when he slyly moved into Chicago’s Humboldt Park, is no longer at large. Chicago officials confirmed the reptile fugitive was caught early Tuesday morning. Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director Kelley Gandurski said during a press conference later Tuesday that the city believes the […]

16 Jul 19
The Richardsonian

Chance the Snapper, the elusive alligator who captured America’s attention when he slyly moved into Chicago’s Humboldt Park, is no longer at large. Chicago officials confirmed the reptile fugitive was caught early Tuesday morning. Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director Kelley Gandurski said during a press conference later Tuesday that the city believes the […]

16 Jul 19
TIME

An alligator expert said the capture ‘went exactly as we planned’

16 Jul 19
Toronto Sun

After shutting down half of Chicago’s Humboldt Park and evading capture for a week, an alligator who had been spotted lurking in the park’s lagoon has been captured, police said Tuesday morning, ABC 7 Chicago reported. The alligator, nicknamed Chance the Snapper, had drawn dozens of visitors since last week and earned a spot on […]