That’s quite a “puppy.”
A college student in Texas celebrated her upcoming graduation by posing with a 14-foot alligator.
The photos of Texas A&M student Makenzie Noland and “Big Tex,” posted Sunday on social media, quickly went viral.
“Not your typical graduation picture,” Noland wrote on Facebook.
The 21-year-old Noland tells Fox News that she has been interacting with “Tex” for several months at the Gator Country wildlife preserve during her senior-year internship.
“Tex is the one who let me into his pond,” she told Fox News. “He does pick favorites, and I’m honored he likes me enough to let me get in there and play with him every day.”
She says his sweet demeanor reminds her of a puppy.
“Whenever you’re training a puppy, you commend them for sitting down and give them a treat,” she told Fox News. “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.”
She says she is careful with the alligator and her supervisor monitors them closely.
“Tex” was captured in 2016 at the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, which claimed it was the largest live gator caught in Texas.