Im­ages show woman on city train with al­li­ga­tor

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

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.

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