Student takes graduation photos with 14-foot alligator

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

Ms Noland has been interning with alligator rescue park Gator Country where she met Big Tex. Source Facebook Makenzie Alexis NolandMore

If they want to stir a little controversy, they should pack heat.

Nolan's work is also educational, leading an event that allowed children to swim with three-foot-long alligators (their mouths are taped shut) and teaching them about boa constrictors and pythons, two other reptiles at the center.

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

In fact, Big Tex has actually always been a friendly gator, she said.

The Gator Rescue centre in Beaumont, Texas, USA, is home to about 450 alligators, crocodiles and reptiles.

Noland, who graduates with a wildlife ecology degree this week told KTXS: 'It's something I'm super proud of.

Tex even let Noland balance her university ring on his snout as part of the unusual photoshoot.

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Reactions to the photos - both positive and negative - have inspired Noland to continue her mission to educate the public. "We call him out of the den and I tickle his nose. I'm trained", she said. A very large puppy.

'It took him a few weeks for him to like me. "He's a real life dinosaur", Noland said.

Noland posted videos to her Facebook page on May 27th, saying that was the first time Tex let her feed him. It was reminiscent of graduation pictures taken earlier this year that got a lot of attention.

Those pictures hit the proverbial Gun Debate nerve, triggering a torrent of criticism and praise.

Last week, Makenzie Alexis Noland, a wildlife ecology major who will graduate from Texas A&M University on August 10, posted the unique images on social media, writing, "Not your typical graduation picture".

"I would never do anything to risk my own life".

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