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College student takes graduation photos with massive gator

College student takes graduation photos with massive gator

That's what Makenzie Noland did to commemorate her upcoming graduation from Texas A&M. With over 6,000 shares, at the time of writing, she wrote, "Not your typical graduation picture ‍♀️ @ Gator Country".

"He's one of my best friends here", Noland said of Big Tex, the sanctuary's almost 14-foot-long gator that weighs 1,000 pounds.

The pictures of the Aggie student and the 14-foot gator, known as Big Tex, were taken in the waters of Gator Country, where Noland interned.

"I wanted to highlight what I have been doing at my internship with Gator Country by taking those pictures with Tex", the Abilene, Texas resident told WFAA-Ch.

Noland hopes to continue to working with wildlife after graduating telling the BBC she wants to be "immersed in animals and educate the public in them". "He's a real-life dinosaur", Noland said, adding that she was honored to get the opportunity to work with him.

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"In all reality we don't want to bring these animals back, we want them to live in the bayous and canals out in the swampy areas", she said. Big Tex the gator is almost 14 feet long and weighs 1,000 pounds.

The star attraction at the facility is a gargantuan beast called Big Tex.

On Friday, Noland posed for several photos with the gator and later shared them on Facebook with friends.

"It took me about two to three weeks to build up that courage and walk in that water and have Tex be okay with me in there", she said. In another, she pets the gator's snout.

A Facebook post from Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge explained: 'While the animal had not aggressively attacked anyone yet, it was considered a little too close for comfort'.