Student Poses With Alligator In Graduation PHOTOS

Student Poses With Alligator In Graduation PHOTOS

If you know a soon-to-be college graduate who wants to get noticed, tell them not to pose alone for their graduation picture.

The graduation photos of Makenzie Noland include a real live alligator.

When it came to her graduation photographs Texas A&M University student Makenzie Noland wanted to make sure they really stood out.

Noland, who said in a follow-up post that she was "overwhelmed" by the attention the photos have attracted, says she hopes to go on to work in a zoo.

Makenzie Noland, 21, marked the end of her undergraduate career at Texas A&M University with a series of snaps showing her getting up close and personal with the creature. Big Tex the gator is almost 14 feet long and weighs 1,000 pounds. Since its publication on Friday, Noland's post has more than 200 shares and it only keeps growing.

Since posting the photos to social media, Noland has gotten feedback from some people who love it and others who think what she's doing is insane.

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

Her graduation snaps (!) were taken by Gator Rescue boss Arlie Hammons, who waded into Tex's pool to get the flawless shot.

"This is big Tex the largest alligator we have at Gator Country measuring [13-feet 8.5 inches]", she said, uploading one video and four photos of her feeding the giant reptile with her supervisor Arlie Hammonds.

The place has 370 alligators, but she developed a special bond with one in particular. But Noland tickles Tex's nose and tosses food into his mouth to reward him for good behavior. "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.

She said his demeanor reminds her of a puppy. Because of her relationship with the animal, she wasn't frightened, she said. I'm doing things supervised.

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