Student poses with giant alligator for graduation photos

Leroy Wright
August 8, 2018

Noland met Big Tex in May of a year ago during her internship at Gator Country, an alligator adventure park in Beaumont.

Makenzie Holland took her Texas A&M graduation photos with "Big Tex" a gator she bonded with while interning at Gator Country Rescue. She posted the photographs on her facebook page with the caption "Not your typical graduation picture". Since its publication on Friday, Noland's post has more than 200 shares and it only keeps growing.

After donning her graduation cap, Ms Noland waded into the water with the animal and placed a ring commemorating her graduation on its nose.

Yes, we're talking about the huge Texas alligator, and his name is Big Tex.

"It's something I'm super proud of", she told The Eagle in reference to her gator senior photos, because she and Big Tex were not best friends from the start. One photo has her giving the camera a thumbs up.

Gator Country Adventure Park is the largest alligator adventure park/sanctuary in Southeast Texas, according to the website.

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Since starting at the centre Makenzie has developed a special bond with Big Tex.

There is also video of her feeding big Tex and she appears to have trained him to come to her when beckoned and even "beg" for food. "He does pick favorites, and I'm honored he likes me enough to let me get in there and play with him every day", Noland told Fox News.

Every graduate wants that memorable graduation photo. "He's a real life dinosaur", Noland said.

"It took him a few weeks for him to like me", she said.

Some have criticized Noland for posting the pictures, calling the act risky and questioning why she would put her life in danger.

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