Texas student takes grad photos with 14-foot alligator

Texas student takes grad photos with 14-foot alligator

Mackenzie Noland's graduation snaps won't soon be forgotten - because they feature a 14ft alligator.

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

"Not your typical graduation picture", the 21-year-old wrote.

A college student graduating from Texas A&M University posed with a 14-foot alligator for her graduation photos!

Noland's close bond with Tex influenced her decision to feature him in her graduation pictures.

Talking to Fox News, the female student, who has been training with the animal said she wasn't scared at all. Big Tex the gator is almost 14 feet long and weighs 1,000 pounds.

She is friends with the carnivore too, saying: 'I have a good relationship with Big Tex.

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Noland grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska where spotting an alligator in your garden is not the daily occurrence she now encounters. When she first started working with him, she would stay outside of the fence.

But Noland didn't take her photos with Big Tex just for the fun of it.

"They're wonderful creatures - and they're not all maneaters!" she told the BBC.

In one photo, the daring undergraduate is shown putting her graduating class ring on the giant reptile's nose.

Handling Tex is part of Noland's job description at the 15-acre center, which rescues "nuisance animals", those who have wandered into people's ponds or backyards, have been stranded after natural disasters, or otherwise don't possess natural hunting skills to survive in the wild.

"I am overwhelmed with how viral my post has gotten", she posted on Tuesday, "and to see everyone from my hometown pushing me to move forward and supporting me is truly incredible".

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