Raccoon realizes this is not a rock or log (UPDATE: Is this a hoax?)

See UPDATE below.

Originally published 14-June 2015 15:23 ET

We’ve seen a few of this strange animal pictures in the past year and feature them in our “Strange remains” leftovers for the day. Remember the VERY up close encounter with a great white? And the weasel on a woodpecker? Both real. This one appears to be real too.

A Palatka man said he snapped a picture of a raccoon on top of an alligator in the Ocala National Forest Saturday morning.

Source: Man snaps picture of raccoon on top of gator in Ocala

What a great shot!

Photo: Richard Jones

Photo: Richard Jones

The photographer, Richard Jones, said he and his family were near the Oaklawaha River watching alligators when his son must have startled the raccoon. He said it hopped on top of the gator. Maybe he thought it was a log. The animal realized his poor judgement and abandoned that plan. So, without that context (which will probably go missing as this photo is removed from the story of how it was obtained), we have another case of hitchin’ a ride.

Here’s another good one caught on game cam. Hitchin’ a ride: Wild cats are such opportunists

Tip: David Wood

UPDATE (16-June 2015) The photographer seems hesitant to confirm this is real and some are saying the alligator does not look real or the raccoon is too stiff, like it was taxidermied. [Source] So is this real or not? Staged or photoshopped? Snopes is still up in the air too but the longer the photographer stays away, the more dubious it gets.

  5 comments for “Raccoon realizes this is not a rock or log (UPDATE: Is this a hoax?)

  1. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    June 15, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Didn’t we see this before with a frog and a scorpion?

  2. Frank
    June 16, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    No picture of the raccoon running away?
    No picture of the (startled) alligator just after the raccoon ran away?

  3. MisterNeutron
    June 16, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Precisely. These days, pretty much every camera can fire off several shots within a couple of seconds, and digital images are essentially free. Who would witness a scene like this, yet take only one picture?

  4. Robin
    June 16, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Neither look real to me. The gator is too buoyant and its face is too smooth. It looks like it’s made of wood. The raccoon looks stiff and unnaturally posed. It also seems unlikely the raccoon could walk this far onto the gator’s back without the gator reacting. I call shenanigans all round.

  5. Russian Skeptic
    June 20, 2015 at 3:09 AM

    My first thought was that the crocodile was apparently dead and not floating, but lying in shallow water, its hind legs on something like rocks or shingle, raised a little. So, it may be technically not a hoax.

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