TAMPA, Fla. — They thought it was a log. Then it started walking.
Alonso High School's mascot might be the Raven, but you would've thought it was the Gator when a four-legged creature strolled into track and field/cross country practice without "a care in the world."
It happened last week.
The team's Twitter account posted a photo showing the alligator wandering along.
"Absent from photo are the Raven athletes whose track speed was never better," the team tweeted.
A Hillsborough County Schools spokesperson said one of the coaches was first to spot the animal.
"Coach Mills says the athletes' running times were record speed that day – wonder why! It was great practice for their district competition tomorrow at Alonso," she wrote in an email.
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