Alligator rides Chicago subway, ends up at the airport

chicago alligator woman
Chicago Transit Authority officials are trying to identify a woman who dropped off an alligator at the airport.
Credit: Chicago Transit Authority

An alligator took a long strange trip to O’Hare Airport in Chicago when its owner took the 2-foot-long scaly creature on the Blue Line and then left it at Terminal 3 in the airport. The gator was found hiding under an escalator, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Transit Authority officials looked at footage from inside the train and said the woman calmly held the alligator in her lap and showed it to passengers. Officials were able to retrace the reptile’s footsteps back to the “L” train thanks to photos on social media. They were then able to determine that the woman boarded a northbound Blue Line train at the Pulaski station at 1:17 a.m. on Nov. 1., and got off the train with the alligator at the O’Hare Blue Line terminal one hour later. They found another image of the woman, sans gator, at 2:44 a.m. at the O’Hare station.

chicago alligator woman
Chicago Transit Authority officials are trying to identify a woman who dropped off an alligator at the airport.
Credit: Chicago Transit Authority

CTA has released security camera images of the woman and are tipsters to come forward and call the customer service line at 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282) or e-mail feedback@transitchicago.com.

Ditching an alligator at the airport is no joke: The woman responsible may face a misdemeanor charge of cruel treatment of an animal or a fine of between $300 and $1,000 for cruelty to animals for abandoning the animal in a public place.

Follow Andrea Park on Twitter: @andreapark



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…