Student takes graduation photos with 14-foot-long alligator

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Makenzie Noland posted the fearless and daring pictures online, which quickly went viral.

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

Over the past several months, Noland has been training with Tex - under the careful supervision of alligator experts.

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.

"Not your typical graduation picture", the caption of the photo reads, showing Makenzie Noland in a cap and sash, giving a thumbs up while standing next to the almost 14-foot long alligator.

Makenzie Noland takes graduation photos with alligator.

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Talking to Fox News, the female student, who has been training with the animal said she wasn't scared at all.

While Facebook user David Ruiz posted, "please don't tell me that she graduated summa cum laude". When she first started working with him, she would stay outside of the fence. He will rise out of the water if she gives him the command 'Up, up, up'.

"I worked with this alligator every day, and I figured, 'Why not wear a dress this time and celebrate my graduation with this incredible animal?'" she explained.

"Not your typical graduation picture, " wrote Makenzie Alexis Noland in a post she shared via Facebook last Saturday, Aug. 4.

The alligator was caught at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in October 2016 because he had become "a little too friendly", according to a Facebook post from the refuge. But Noland tickles Tex's nose and tosses food into his mouth to reward him for good behavior.

She told the BBC that Big Tex responds to his name and reacts to her hand signals when she strolls into his pond to feed him.

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