CTA releases images of woman riding with alligator

CHICAGO — Authorities have released a series of images of a woman they believe discarded a small, sickly alligator at O'Hare International Airport earlier this month.

Security footage shows the woman boarding a Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train just after 1 a.m. on Nov. 1, with the carrying the reptile. She's seen talking on the phone with the critter in hand before she leaves the train at O'Hare about an hour later.

She's spotted once more, boarding a train near the airport around 2:45 a.m. without the alligator.

The two-foot-long alligator was captured hours later after a maintenance worker found the animal under an escalator at Terminal 3.

The gator, which has been nicknamed "Allie" by a local rescue group, is being rehabilitated by volunteers at the Chicago Herpetalogical Society.