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Chicago residents have been left shocked by news that an alligator is living in one of the city's lakes.
Officials confirmed on Tuesday evening that the live reptile is lurking in suburban Humboldt Park lagoon - less than five miles from Chicago's bustling downtown.
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The animal, measuring between four and five feet long, was first spotted earlier in the day.
Local photographer Rencie Horst-Ruiz was in the park around 6.30 am when she was called over to the lagoon by another resident.
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'We thought, 'No way'. We thought it had to be a toy or something,' Horst-Ruiz told Chicago Book Club.
'It was close to the pier at first, then went further into the middle of the lagoon,' she explained to the publication.
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Horst-Ruiz quickly took pictures of the reptile, and shared them to Facebook.
The snaps sparked a commotion with baffled locals, one of whom quickly phoned the police.
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Authorities initially appeared skeptical by the sighting, with a Chicago Police spokesperson posting on Twitter: 'Unusual news day. We've received reports of a possible alligator in Humboldt Park lagoon. We've notified animal control but have not confirmed this is a legitimate call as of yet. Officer Michelle Tannehill is responding to...
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