Raccoon Goes River-Surfing on Alligator’s Back

Jun 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm |
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raccoon on alligator's back

(Florida Union-Times/Richard Jones, Palatka)

Doesn’t this look like a scene out a Disney movie? Like they might break into a duet at any moment? How else would a raccoon end up hanging out on the back of an alligator?

The Florida Times-Union recently received an email containing two images from a man by the name of Richard Jones. One was your typical landscape shot of the Ocklawaha River in Florida’s Ocala National Forest, and the second was the above image, featuring what looks like a raccoon casually hanging out on an alligator’s back.

Richard’s story behind the photo goes as follows:

“We were walking along the Oaklawaha [sic] river watching some gators warm up in the morning. My son went through some palm fronds to catch a different angle and frightened a raccoon. It must have been asleep because it stumbled toward the water and hoped on top of the gator we were watching. I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you’d think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing. Definitely the photo of a lifetime. Included a second one my wife took or the area. You have my permission to share the photo and use the photo in any way. I don’t want anything in return. Just thought other people might enjoy it.”

Thanks Richard — we definitely enjoy the perfectly timed photo, and we’re glad to hear this confused raccoon gained his bearings before ending up as lunchmeat!

Raccoon appears to take a wild ride on top of an alligator in the Ocala National Forest | http://jaxne.ws/1BfIfma

Posted by The Florida Times-Union on Sunday, June 14, 2015

Is this raccoon just hitching a ride, or what?