The Ocala National Forest in central Florida is home to a large variety of wildlife. Among these are red foxes, armadillos, raccoons, bobcats, tortoises and alligators. It’s also a popular recreational location for tourists and locals alike.
A man by the name of Richard Jones just happened to be walking through the forest alongside of the Ocklawaha River with his family one day when he spotted something quite unusual. He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw what looked like a raccoon catching a ride on the back of an alligator! He just had to take a quick and lucky picture of the strange sight, knowing it would be hard to believe if he told anybody.
Jones mentioned that he was able to take the picture just between the time the alligator slithered into the water and before the raccoon jumped off of its back – a matter of a few quick seconds. He said that the raccoon must have been alarmed by the nearness of his family before using the alligator’s back for a quick getaway. Although it was only on the alligator’s back for a brief moment, it looked like it was catching a ride across the river in the picture.
There was a similar occurrence back in March when a photographer in London took a picture of a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker in flight.
There have been inquires about the credibility of these pictures. However, both men insist they are real and nobody has been able to prove differently.