Texas student’s graduation photos with 14-ft-long alligator go viral

Texas student’s graduation photos with 14-ft-long alligator go viral

A soon to be Texas A&M University graduate is giving "see you later alligator" a whole new meaning.

Mackenzie has hit it off with her "best friend" Big Tex since she joined in May and regularly feeds him - even responds to his name. Her photo with the giant reptile was taken at Gator Country in Beaumont, Texas, a park dedicated to capturing and rescuing nuisance alligators and other reptiles where she had interned since the beginning of summer.

The photos set off hundreds of arguments over whether the shoot was risky: "That's a wild animal, a carnivorous predator". During her time at the wildlife rescue, Noland has bonded with numerous 370 alligators on site, specifically Tex. "Over the past three weeks, I had gained Tex's trust and felt comfortable in the water", she says.

A Facebook post from Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge explained: 'While the animal had not aggressively attacked anyone yet, it was considered a little too close for comfort'.

A United States college student has made sure her graduation snaps are ones to remember - after posing in her cap and sash with a 14ft (4m) alligator.

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And if they want people to think they're nuts, pose next to a 14-foot alligator.

And it has been the flawless place for Mackenzie who said she has always been "picking up snakes and holding animals" from an early age.

Noland has no fear about her 9-5 and is driven by a course of adrenaline each time she enters the water.

"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. "But I won't back down from the challenge".

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