Gator on Florida Air Force runway

Staffers at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in the heavy gear to help clear a runway this week.

They used a front-end loader to remove an alligator that decided to lounge on a takeoff and landing strip at MacDill Air Force Base.

A wildlife manager helped orchestrate the gator’s removal, having it scooped into the bucket of the loader.

The base ended up sharing a photo of the reptile on Facebook, along with a caption saying the gator was “just preparing for take-off.”

A base spokesman says alligator sightings are common around the base, which is located on Tampa Bay.

(https://www.facebook.com/MacDillAirForceBase/photos/a.399535779209/10157142350069210/?type=3&theater)

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