What a turtle star! Alligator gives terrapin a lift across marine park pond

Metro

First there was Nancy Reagan and Mr. T, then there was Ozzy Osbourne with Miss Piggy, and now, joining the list of odd pairings, is a terrapin and an alligator which have made the most unlikely of friends.

This alligator is anything but shell-fish as it is seen giving its friend a lift across a pond in Sea World in Texas, San Antonio.

Shawn Miller, 41, captured the extraordinary scene between the red-eared terrapin and the alligator.

‘[The alligator] was swimming around the pond slowly and the turtle was simply hitching a ride,’ said Miller.

‘Then as they began to go under this branch, seen in the picture, the terrapin tried stretching to grab the piece of moss hanging down from the branch.’

Photographer Miller managed to grab this shot as he had his camera at the ready.

‘I think since they live in the same pond year round that…

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