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.
What a great shot!
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.