CHICAGO — Chicago’s beloved gator explored his new Florida home Thursday, and gator experts at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm say he’s doing well so far.
First Coast News checked in with Chance Thursday, where he was exploring his very own pond in the farm. Experts there believe Chance lived alone for all of his life so far, so he’s being quarantined for now while he gets used to the place.
“He is a little bit on the chunky side as well,” a gator expert at the farm told First Coast News. As Chicagoans, we’d expect nothing less.
Chance is likely between 4 and 10 years old, and gators can live to be 60 to 80, so he likely has a long life ahead of him, the expert said.
“This is a very social species, so once that quarantine period has completed, we will give him a couple buddies,” she added.
Watch Chance explore his new digs here:
Expert gator trapper Frank Robb told Block Club earlier this week that the Humboldt Park gator will have a life of luxury in Florida.
“It’s pretty much a five-star resort for crocodilians,” Robb said at Animal Care and Control. The farm has every crocodilian species — 24 to be exact — in one place, he said.
“No harm will ever come to him…He will have zero worries for the rest of his life. He will be on easy street,” Robb said. “I promise he will be living in luxury.”
Robb, who has been an alligator trapper for 24 years and learned under the watchful eye of his uncle, said Chance will be in great hands with top crocodilian experts and researchers.
“There is no better place in the world for crocodilians,” he said.
While Robb and Chance will say goodbye, for now, the expert trapper said he will visit him once a month during research trips to St. Augustine.
“We will be buddies,” Robb said.
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