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.