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Alligator rides Chicago subway, ends up at the airport

Did this alligator miss its flight? Chicago police found the scaly animal at O'Hare 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.

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