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Racoon Hitches Ride Atop Alligator In Florida

Could this be a real photograph or is it of the Photoshop variety? Richard Jones of Palatka, Fla. was walking along the Oklahawa River in the Ocala Na

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Could this be a real photograph or is it of the Photoshop variety? Richard Jones of Palatka, Fla. was walking along the Oklahawa River in the Ocala National Forest with his family when his son apparently startled a raccoon on the riverbank. Jones told WFTV that the raccoon jumped on top of the alligator just as it slid into the water. 


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"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones told WFTV. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."

Jones said that just as he took the photograph the raccoon scurried back onto land and took off.  So what do you think? Could this have actually happened?