Meet Cocoa Resident and Alligator Trapper Frank Robb, Reached Celebrity Status in Chicago After capturing ‘Chance the Snapper’
By Space Coast Daily // August 10, 2019
SPACE COAST DAILY TV SPECIAL PRESENTATION
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson talks with Cocoa resident and alligator trapping agent Frank Robb, who reached celebrity status in Chicago after capturing “Chance the Snapper,” a four-foot-long alligator that was found swimming in the Humboldt Park lagoon in the Windy City on the evening of July 9.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Cocoa resident and alligator trapping agent Frank Robb reached celebrity status in Chicago after capturing “Chance the Snapper,” a four-foot-long alligator that was found swimming in the Humboldt Park lagoon in the Windy City on the evening of July 9.
The animal was named after Chance the Rapper in an online poll conducted by the Block Club Chicago news website, beating other suggested nicknames such as Ruth Gator Ginsberg, Croc Obama, and Frank Lloyd Bite.
The alligator inspired several social media accounts and was the subject of national news coverage. Chance was captured on July 16, and found to be a male and in good health.
Experts have stated that the Humboldt Park alligator was likely an illegal pet before being released into the lagoon and that it would not survive low temperatures in winter if it was not removed.
The alligator was considered to be a possible danger, and signs were put up to warn visitors. After more than two days without a sighting, Chance was spotted alive at 1:30 p.m. on July 13 by a Humboldt Park resident.
— Phillip Thompson (@_phil_thompson) July 16, 2019
Chance the Snapper was under the watch of Chicago Herpetological Society’s “Alligator Bob,” who on July 14 stated that the creature was “getting comfortable” in the lagoon and had continued to move further into the water, as well as resisting food, perhaps indicating that he had found a steady food supply.
On July 14 the city hired Frank Robb, an alligator trapping agent and owner of Crocodilian Specialist Services in St. Augustine, Florida, to catch the gator after he was recommended by local experts there.
At Robb’s suggestion, a large part of the park was closed off, to keep people away from the gator in hopes that it would feel less of a need to hide. Chance the Snapper was caught by Robb early Tuesday morning, July 16.
The celebrity reptile, a male, was found to be in good health. The alligator was given over to Chicago Animal Care and Control, who sent him to live at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, in St. Augustine, Florida.
After he captured the alligator, Robb was honored by the Chicago Cubs by being asked to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field for their July 16 night game against the Cincinnati Reds. He was also asked to turn on Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park the following day.
The alligator has inspired merchandise such as a bobblehead figurine.
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