Alligator 'preparing for takeoff' at MacDill Air Force Base

Front-end loader used to remove reptile from runway

Facebook/MacDill Air Force Base

This alligator was spotted lounging on a runway at MacDill Air Force Base.

TAMPA, Fla. - Staff at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida had to bring in a front-end loader to remove an alligator that was lounging on a runway.

The large reptile was spotted Tuesday morning on a MacDill Air Force Base flight line. The base shared a photo of the creature on Facebook, saying the friendly alligator was just "preparing for takeoff."

MacDill spokesman 2nd Lt. Brandon Hanner said 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 animal's removal, scooping it into the bucket of the loader.

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