Photo of raccoon atop alligator goes viral

(Richard Jones Photo/WFTV)

OCALA, Florida (WISH) — A picture of a raccoon on top of an alligator in Florida is getting attention online.

Richard Jones told WFTV he snapped the photo this weekend in the Ocala National Forest while he and his family were walking along the river.

Jones said he thinks his son startled the raccoon, causing it to hop on top of the gator.

“I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away,” Jones said in an email. “Without the context you’d think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing. Definitely the photo of a lifetime.”

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