Student Poses With Alligator In Graduation PHOTOS

Senior takes graduation photos with one of her ‘best friends’ — a giant Texas gator | The Wichita Eagle

Gator grad: Aggie takes graduation photos with 14-foot alligator

With graduation a highlight for many students, it makes sense to get fun and creative with graduation pictures.

Makenzie Alexis Noland was right when she said this is "not your typical graduation picture".

An animal-loving United States university student posed with a fully-grown alligator for some truly one-of-a-kind graduation photos.

Mackenzie Noland, 21, who majored in wildlife ecology, is spending her summer interning at Gator Country, an alligator sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas. During her internship, she developed a strong bond with this alligator named Tex, and to celebrate the occasion, she chose to take a few snaps with it who she dubbed as a "sweetheart", and 'best friend'. Since its publication on Friday, Noland's post has more than 200 shares and it only keeps growing. Noland said she has a very special bond with the animal after her time with Gator Country.

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She didn't elaborate what kind of "play" one engages in with a giant gator. She waded knee-deep into a pond wearing her maroon cap and sash (no gown; that might have gotten too soggy) and posed with "Big Tex".

According to Noland's social media posts, the beast has typically been temperamental with who feeds him, but described how she was able to build a relationship that allowed her to be one of the few that he trusted.

"I get in the water with him every day". "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". I'm doing things supervised. "Before we catch the alligator, it does its "death roll" which is a defense mechanism that tires them out", she says.

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