Albert The Alligator Roams City Park For 28 Days Back In 1981

DENVER July 15, 1981 – For 28 days and nights they stalked the beast, using nets and drag lines and long poles with nooses. But it was not until early this morning that a group of weary Denver zookeepers at last recaptured the alligator Albert, and returned it to captivity.

”We’re going to put him in an enclosure where we know he can’t get out again,” said Clayton Freiheit, director of the Denver Zoo. ”This one is a real escape artist.”

The five-and-a-half-foot, 45-pound Florida alligator was recaptured in two brief escape attempts earlier this summer before it got loose last month by clambering over a fence separating the zoo’s outdoor alligator pen from an adjacent pond in Denver’s City Park.

And until early today, the alligator, called Albert by the local news media after the creature in the Pogo comic strip, skulked about the shallow 500-foot-long pond, feeding contentedly on carp and an occasional water bird and frustrating its pursuers while becoming a celebrity of the first rank.

Read the full article here: www.nytimes.com/1981/07/16/us/after-28-days-zoo-team-recaptures-elusive-gator

 

31 comments
Randall Osborn
Randall Osborn

This is a cool story..how did Albert get to Colorado?

Inge Dulaney
Inge Dulaney

Alligators live quite a long time. It's possible he's still alive. Why don;t you google him and let us know

Garry Turks
Garry Turks

I was 7 years old livin on the east side, my mom and dad took me to the lake to see Albert. I found a goose egg and took it home. It never hatched. But yes I remember those 28 days

Nicole Aldaz
Nicole Aldaz

Michelle Slattery Hansen wow, good thing we didn't run into him on the way to Park Hill Elementary!!!

Kevin T. Ryan
Kevin T. Ryan

Today Albert is a happily retired pair of shoes.

Robin Kepple
Robin Kepple

I remember this guy! Anyone remember the caiman in Grassmere Lake, I think in 1998.

Adam Jerlow
Adam Jerlow

You wouldnt take acen to go see him?

Dre Swain
Dre Swain

I remember this it was so funny nobody would go in the park to do anything everybody was just scared as hell. I was too young but I still remember it... It was pretty funny that everyone scared I only live two blocks away on Vine Street and I definitely remember this day but when this happened.

Kathy Eaton
Kathy Eaton

We went looking for him on our lunch break!

Raymond A. Urban
Raymond A. Urban

I think he scared some homeless people in the park, they couldn't catch him because he would run back to the pond lol

Jeff Wessels
Jeff Wessels

I do what the flash back from Denver Colorado native