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(OCALA, Fla.) — At first glance, a photo taken by a Florida man may look like a raccoon balancing on a log in the water. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see the raccoon is actually standing on the back of another animal — an alligator.

Richard Jones snapped the unique photo Saturday at the Ocala National Forest in central Florida.

Jones told ABC News affiliate WFTV-TV in Orlando his son may have scared the raccoon, who then ran into the water and onto the gator.

Jones said he took the photo just in time — the raccoon didn’t stay on the gator for long.

“Without the context you’d think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing,” Jones said in an email to WFTV-TV. “Definitely the photo of a lifetime.”

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