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Texas College Student Takes Graduation Photos With Giant Alligator

09 August 2018, 01:31 | Erica Roy

Gator grad: Aggie takes graduation photos with 14-foot alligator

Senior takes graduation photos with one of her ‘best friends’ — a giant Texas gator | The Wichita Eagle

Yes, 21-year-old Makenzie Noland, who will be graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences, made sure it was an affair to remember by posing with a 14-ft-long alligator at a sanctuary in Beaumont.

She didn't elaborate what kind of "play" one engages in with a giant gator.

This is big Tex the largest alligator we have at Gator Country measuring 13ft 8.5in. "He's one of my best friends here", she told Inside Edition.

Noland told the BBC she initially intended her graduation pictures to serve as a showcase for the work she has been doing at the centre.

"I've been working with him to get to this point to be able to feed him by myself so it was intense", Noland wrote. Oh, and balancing her class ring on his nose.

So does Noland. Her photo wasn't meant as an attention-getting stunt.

"I am not scared for my life out here, I know I am in very good hands", Noland said. Hammonds "waded chest deep in the water" to take photos of the best friends.

The star attraction at the facility is a gargantuan beast called Big Tex. "We're gentle with him". "Over the past three weeks, I had gained Tex's trust and felt comfortable in the water", she says. Because of this, he was relocated to Gator Country from his home, Champion Lake at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, in October 2016.

Big Tex had "lost his fear of humans" because people were feeding him, the post said. So, he was caught and gets to "live the remainder of his life at Gator Country".

On Instagram and Facebook Aug. 3, Makenzie Noland posted photos of herself donning her cap and gown with a large alligator.

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