Photos hold clue to how alligator came to be dumped at O'Hare airport

There's a new clue in the mystery of how a 2-foot-long alligator came to be abandoned at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Earlier, social media had pointed to a tattooed man. Now, it's a woman in a dark beanie being sought to find out how the gator wound up on the cold floor beneath an elevator at the Midwestern airport Nov. 1.

Surveillance photos show the woman holding the reptile while aboard a train headed for O'Hare. She showed it to passengers before leaving the train at the airport station, according to the Chicago Transit Authority.

Later she was spotted at the turnstiles -- minus the alligator. The Chicago Tribune reports that the search is on to find her.

Although the gator wasn't big, as alligators go, it did cause a stir when it was found at the airport. In an earlier report, the L.A. Times' Christie D'Zurilla noted this comforting quote (emphasis ours): "Some human being physically carried it there and put it there. It’s not big enough to operate automatic doors."

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