Internet snaps at Texas student who posed with alligator in grad photos


Noland is graduating from Texas A&M University with a major in wildlife ecology.

Noland, who will graduate with a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from the Texas A&M University on Friday, has been interning at a Beaumont rescue centre since May.

She posted the graduation pictures on Facebook and they went viral.

Makenzie Noland developed a one-of-a-kind bond with a almost 14-foot long and 1,000-pound alligator during her summer internship at Gator Country Rescue in Beaumont, Texas.

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In another post she shared in May, she said that the name of the 13-foot alligator is Big Tex.

Like many college seniors on the brink of graduation, Makenzie is looking for a job; she would love to work at the Fort Worth Zoo or Dallas Zoo.

This is big Tex the largest alligator we have at Gator Country measuring 13ft 8.5in. He will rise out of the water if she gives him the command 'Up, up, up'.

The Texas-sized gator weighs about 1,000 pounds and holds the national record for the "largest live-captured nuisance alligator", according to Gator Country, which is where Big Tex now lives.

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"I have a good relationship with Big Tex", she said. "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.

Why did she, um, want to snap photos with a gator?

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. "Every single time I get in the water with him, I realise how huge he is".

'It took him a few weeks for him to like me. I'm doing things supervised.

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