Texas student includes 14-foot long gator in graduation photos

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- It took an entire summer to gain the trust of the biggest gator at a wildlife rescue, and one college student chose to celebrate her graduation with the reptile.

She recently posted the photos on social media with the caption: "Not your typical graduation picture".

The soon-to-be Texas A&M University grad has been living at Gator Country for the past three months as she interns with the organization.

In another post she shared in May, she said that the name of the 13-foot alligator is Big Tex. Since its publication on Friday, Noland's post has more than 200 shares and it only keeps growing.

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Noland said she is hoping to use her Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences degree to get a job at a zoo.

This is big Tex the largest alligator we have at Gator Country measuring 13ft 8.5in.

He lives at the Gator Country wildlife sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas.

Makenzie and Tex have developed a special relationship since she joined the centre in May. "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, 21, told Fox News.

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She tells Yahoo! That Big Tex "has the personality of a puppy". But Noland tickles Tex's nose and tosses food into his mouth to reward him for good behavior.

Why did she, um, want to snap photos with a gator?

'It took him a few weeks for him to like me, ' she said as she described the budding friendship. "I'm trained", she said.

Noland's picture wasn't almost as polarizing, but some people thought it was foolishly risky for her to risk life and limb for a graduation shot.

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