* Block Club Chicago…
As animal experts deploy a new strategy to try to capture and rescue the elusive alligator in Humboldt Park, concern is rising over the reptile’s health.
After several days of occasional sightings, the approximately 5-foot-long American alligator hasn’t been seen in more than 24 hours. […]
“We’ve gone 24 hours without a confirmed sighting of the animal. I’m not gonna speculate, but you guys will anyway,” [Alligator Bob] told reporters. “He could’ve been sick or injured when they threw him in here. … ‘Oh, I fed him something and he’s poison and he’s not eating. Oh, I dropped something and broke his back. Oh, I stabbed him when he bit me.’ There’s 100 things.
“We might be looking for a carcass. The water temperature is 74 degrees, just like any other body, it’ll come floating to the surface. But I’m not saying he’s dead. He’s just missing.”
A new strategy emerged on day four of alligator watch at the Humboldt Park Lagoon: Playing recordings of baby alligators.
Herpetologist “Alligator Bob” said Friday he plans to use a device that mimics the sound of baby alligators in hopes of luring the alligator.
The strategy has worked “very well” with wild alligators in Southern states, Bob said, but the Humboldt Park gator was probably raised in captivity.
“We’re not putting a lot of success in it,” Bob said. “It’s worked well in the wild, but we don’t know if it’ll work here.”
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