Images show woman on city train with alligator
CHICAGO | After tracking down a small alligator scurrying around in a baggage claim area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, authorities are now hunting for its traveling companion.
The Chicago Transit Authority has released a series of images showing a woman who they believe rode to the airport on a CTA Blue Line train with the 2-foot-long gator in the early morning hours of Nov. 1.
Thanks to one of the most extensive surveillance systems in the United States, officials know this about the alligator’s trip to O’Hare: It boarded a train at the Pulaski stop — with the woman — at 1:17 a.m. A camera captured the woman petting her little friend on her knee as she talked on her cellphone.
The woman could face charges: It’s illegal to own an alligator in Illinois. She also could face a fine of $300 to $1,000 for cruelty to animals for abandoning the animal in a public place.