— A Texas student’s graduation photos with 14-ft-long alligator go viral
— I wasn’t scared at all, I’m honoured he likes me enough to let me get in there and play with him every day, she says.
Texas student decided to do something very unusual — took photos with an alligator! Yes, 21-year-old Makenzie Noland, who will be graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences, made sure it was an affair to remember by posing with a 14-ft-long alligator at a sanctuary in Beaumont. Now, her photos have taken social media by storm.
Talking to Fox News, the female student, who has been training with the animal said she wasn’t scared at all. “Tex is the one who let me into his pond. He does pick favourites, and I’m honoured he likes me enough to let me get in there and play with him every day,” she said.
“Whenever you’re training a puppy, you commend them for sitting down and give them a treat,” Noland explained as to how comfortable she is with the reptile. “When I’m telling Tex to ‘come here’ using a hand motion I will reward him, tickle his nose and toss food in his mouth.”
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Reactions to the photos have been mixed. While many were surprised to see the bond between them, others feared that many might misinterpret it and try to attempt the same.
It must be noted that Noland was in the presence of the gator amid experts and was trained in a particular manner to deal with the wild animal.