Makenzie Noland, will be a Texas A&M graduate this Friday. She decided her grad pics would include her "friend", a 14 foot alligator. Her degree? Wildlife and Fishery Sciences. She's been working in a Beaumont rescue facility with 450 alligators, crocs, and other reptiles.
So when it came time to have her graduation picture, she wanted it with the beast. They've had a relationship at the preserve where the gator responds to his name and her commands. His name: "Big Tex".
"I get in the water with that animal every day - he's one of my best friends there!" she told the BBC.