Texas College Student Takes Graduation Photos With Giant Alligator

Ms Noland had been interning at alligator rescue park Gator Country. Source Facebook Makenzie Alexis Noland

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.

"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.

"I get in the water with that animal every day - he's one of my best friends there!" she said, dismissing concerns for her safety.

"Whenever you're training a puppy, you commend them for sitting down and give them a treat", Noland explained as to how comfortable she is with the reptile.

Over the past several months, Noland has been training with Tex - under the careful supervision of alligator experts.

"It's just like how your dog would treat you if you treat him well", Noland told The Eagle.

So does Noland. Her photo wasn't meant as an attention-getting stunt. Oh, and balancing her class ring on his nose.

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

The alligator was caught at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in October 2016 because he had become "a little too friendly," according to a Facebook post from the refuge. "When I'm telling Tex to "come here" using a hand motion I will reward him, tickle his nose and toss food in his mouth".

Internet users have not responded kindly to a Texas woman's college graduation photo posted to social media on Friday.

Makenzie and Tex have developed a special relationship since she joined the centre in May.

They were taken by Noland's boss Arlie Hammond, who keeps a close eye on the pair when they interact.

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