A man in south suburban Lansing kept an alligator at his house for over two decades without neighbors knowing, according to authorities.
The 6-foot-long alligator spent most of its 26 years in a cage of the basement of Charles Price’s house, according to Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Chris Young.
However, Price "put it out periodically in his back yard. No one knew he had it, no one had ever seen it,” IDNR Sgt. Bill Shannon told The Chicago Tribune Saturday.
The animal was noticed earlier this month by an appliance repairman who had been working in Price's basement, Young said. The worker noticed something moving in a covered container, so he lifted the cover, took photos of the reptile and contacted Lansing Police Department's animal control.
Shannon got word of the alligator and contacted conservation police Officer Roberto Macias and an alligator specialist known as "Bob."
"It was every bit of 200 pounds," Shannon told the Tribune.
Lansing police Chief Dennis Murrin Jr. also told the publication: "In 25 years, I've never had anything like it.”