- Daring student celebrated her college graduation by getting up close and personal with a giant 13-foot ALLIGATOR.
- Makenzie Noland , 21, will graduate from Texas A&M with a degree in wildlife and fisheries science.
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Most student will celebrate their college graduation with series of photos of their family and friends but not Makenzie Noland.The 21-year-old student from Texas will graduate from Texas A&M this Friday with a degree in wildlife and fisheries science and choose to celebrated by posing with a giant 13-foot named Big Tex.
Apparently, Noland has been working as an intern at the Gator County rescue center in Beaumont, Texas since May.
Since her first day, Noland has been working with the giant alligator Big Tex and even participates in his daily feeding sessions for the visitors.
“The only thing different that day was that I was wearing a dress. “I normally wear a Gator Country T-shirt or tank top, Nike shorts, and Chacos,” Noland explained.
Arlie Hammonds, the owner of the sanctuary took the graduation photos which were then posted at Mackenzie’s Facebook page.
According to Mackenzie, she has never been injured by Big Tex in her time working at the sanctuary.
“I call him over, talk all sweet to him, tickle his nose, and reassure him that I’m not going to hurt him,” Noland said. “I’ve been bitten by 8-inch hatchlings, which hurt, but never by Tex.”
Noland says she hopes to put her degree to good use by working at zoos in either Dallas or Fort Worth.