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.
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