4-Foot Alligator Was Chick Magnet, South Suburban Man Tells Police

FORD HEIGHTS, Ill. (STMW) — A south suburban man told police he kept a four-foot alligator in his home because “chicks dig it,” authorities said after his arrest for keeping a dangerous animal.

Dewayne Yarbrough, 43, of the 800 block of East 11th Place in Ford Heights is charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of a dangerous animal, a Cook County Sheriff’s office release said. 

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Authorities say Yarbrough kept the gator in a small tank and only fed it once a month — a meal of 10 live mice — to keep the size down, the release said. American alligators traditionally average between eight and 14 feet in length.

Investigators from the sheriff’s Animal Crimes Unit learned that Yarbrough had the alligator confined in his home. And after getting a search warrant on Thursday, officers went to the home and found the alligator in a fish tank in the kitchen.

Yarbrough told police he bought it five years ago in Indiana for $200. And he said he kept the alligator as a pet because “chicks dig it,”  spokeswoman Liane Jackson told Newsradio 780.

Cook County Animal Control secured the gator and transported it to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge. It will be turned over later to the Chicago Herpetological Society.

Yarbrough posted $100 bond and was released. He is scheduled to appear in court July 5 in Markham, the sheriff’s office said. 

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Peter

    i tell womenI have a large snake.

  • ExoticMeatSalesman

    Is that a gator in your pocket… or are you just happy to see me?

  • Harley Dave

    Should have set it loose in the Calumet Sag canal before the cops got there it would have solve the Asian carp problem LOL.

    Was the SHeriifs female is that why they came to his house?

  • Gina D.

    Try a dog instead, dogs are much more appealing than an alligator.

    • ExoticMeatSalesman

      I agree, Woof, woof, arrff, arrff. Although I bet you have no apprehension about wearing a beautiful pair of pink alligator pumps?

      • Gina D.

        I have no desire to wear alligator anything, especially pumps. I prefer more comfy shoes.

  • ExoticMeatSalesman

    Perhaps a nice pair of ostrich slip-ons would be more appealing? (quite comfortable I might add)

  • Slip

    Perhaps he should be put in a cage and fed once a month. What an idiot!


    I certainly hope the Police let him say his goodbyes before they took his alligator away.Maybe a brief “See you later alligator” ?

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