After Noland learned Big Tex's favorite tricks, he warmed up to her, However, she did say that all of the alligators have different personalities.
Makenzie is about to graduate, and she's now interning at Gator Country in Beaumont.
The centre has about 450 alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles, but it's Big Tex - who Noland is pictured with - who is the star attraction.
The star attraction at the facility is a gargantuan beast called Big Tex. During her internship, she developed a strong bond with this alligator named Tex, and to celebrate the occasion, she made a decision to take a few snaps with it who she dubbed as a "sweetheart", and 'best friend'. 8 in Dallas. "I have worked with him every day since I arrived and have a very special bond with that animal".
Noland likens the gentle giant to a "puppy", as he often follows commands in order to get treats.
"It's just like how your dog would treat you if you treat him well", Noland told The Eagle.
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"Not your typical graduation picture", the 21-year-old wrote. After all, the wildlife ecology major wanted to showcase her passion for animals - gators in particular.
"It took me about two to three weeks to build up that courage and walk in that water and have Tex be okay with me in there", she said.
On Friday, Noland posed for several photos with the gator and later shared them on Facebook with friends.
So does Noland. Her photo wasn't meant as an attention-getting stunt.
The reptile appears to be happy with his set up at the new park, especially in the photos with Noland. "We'd rather leave them in their natural habitat".
Her Instagram account shows her pictured with snakes.