Grad student takes jaw-dropping photo with 14-foot alligator

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Makenzie Alexis Noland, a Wildlife Ecology major at Texas A&M University, had her graduation photos taken with Big Tex, a 14-foot long alligator at Gator Country in Beaumont, TX. 

Noland interned with Gator Country and posted photos on Facebook, with the caption: “Not your typical graduation photo.”

“I am very happy to work with Tex [the alligator] every single day so I wanted him to be a part of this special moment,” she explained.

“I know on a moment’s notice it can turn bad but he doesn’t want to hurt us, he tries to watch our backs. Whenever we go into any other alligator’s pond he’s up there looking at us, making sure we’re OK,” Noland said.

The aspiring zookeeper graduates next week and is already looking forward to the next opportunity to visit Big Tex.

Noland will be graduating in 2019.

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