“Look! Raccoon riding on alligator’s back!” Yeah, right! Wildlife has its own way of surprising us. Either if we are talking about some awesome parenting skills, unexpected hitchhikers or even sipping on other’s tears, animals in their natural environment will always offer us surprising moments.
A story that begins with “Raccoon riding on alligator’s back!” can only be believable with a picture attached to it. This picture of a raccoon riding the back of an alligator was captured by a man named Richard Jones who was exploring the Oklawaha River in central Florida with his family. Jones’ son made a sound that spooked the raccoon, causing it to hop onto the alligator.
“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,” Jones says. “I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away.”
Jones says the shot is “definitely the photo of a lifetime.” The raccoon may not have been hitching a ride across the water, but it’s still an unusual wildlife shot that’s headed toward Internet fame.