Alligator blocks runway at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove a “friendly” alligator that was preparing for his own takeoff on the runway.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the MacDill Air Force Base shared a photo of the alligator “lounging” on the runway.
“Your friendly, #TeamMacDill gator – preparing for take-off. #FuelTheFight #FloridaMan (Don’t worry, he was safely escorted off the flight line),” they posted.
MacDill spokesman 2nd Lt. Brandon Hanner told the Tampa Bay Times that alligator sightings are common around the base, which is located on Tampa Bay. He said the alligator probably surfaced from one the base’s bodies of water.
The wing safety office’s wildlife manager organized the alligator’s removal, scooping it into the bucket of the loader, NBC Miami reported.
Alligators seem to find themselves in the weirdest places and situations in Florida. Just last week, a woman pulled a live gator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop. Earlier this month, Port Richey police had to “evict” an alligator that wandered into a hair salon, and in April, another gator was spotted trying to “peek” inside a woman’s window.