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The Humboldt Park Gator Has A Name Thanks To Thousands Of Voters: Chance The Snapper

The Humboldt Park gator has captured the city's attention. Obviously, it needs a name.

Ren's Photography and Twitter

HUMBOLDT PARK — If you’ve been riveted by Gator Watch 2019, you’re not alone.

As first reported by Block Club Tuesday morning, a 4-to-5-foot-long alligator has been swimming in the Humboldt Park Lagoon since at least 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Despite their best efforts, animal rescue crews have failed to trap the creature as of Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the city is watching. #HumboldtGator was trending in Chicago Wednesday morning, and dozens of people crowded the lagoon late Tuesday and early Wednesday hoping to sneak a peek.

We’re hopeful the gator will be rescued and brought to safety soon. But until then, we’re excited to announce his (or her!) name.

We asked readers to submit names and we narrowed down the results with Twitter polls.

Thousands of people voted, and the gator’s name is officially …

Chance the Snapper!

The name was submitted by @Jen_Face on Twitter and garnered 67 percent of the vote.

Runners-up were Frank Lloyd Bite, Ruth Gator Ginsburg and Croc Obama.

Winners will receive a swag bag with goodies from Revolution Brewing, a bag of Littlefoot coffee from Humboldt Park’s Harrison’s cafe, swag from Block Club Chicago and more.

Meanwhile, keep following Block Club Chicago for gator updates throughout the day. Our reporter Mina Bloom is on the scene.

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