A Florida family claims to have captured a crazy photo of a raccoon hanging out on the back of an alligator in Ocala National Forest on Sunday morning. The picture quickly gained worldwide attention after a Redditor posted it and it hit Reddit’s front page.
According to local news station WFTV, Richard Jones and his family, who hail from Palataka, Florida, were taking a stroll along the Oaklawaha River when Jones’ son walked through some brush to take a photo. Jones claims that his son startled the raccoon, which then hopped on the gator.
“I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away,” Jones told WFTV. “Without the context, you’d think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing.”
Mashable was unable to independelty confirm the photo’s authenticity — but hey, this is Florida we’re talking about. Anything could happen.
This also wouldn’t be the first animal to hitch a ride on an alligator.
This picture was taken by photographer James Synder. He says:
“This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead, having cooked himself from the inside. I’m happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished shooting him, I pulled the light out of his mouth and he was fine. Actually, I might be crazy but I don’t think he was very happy when I took his light away.”
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