Do you remember your childhood when you have visited a zoo? Have you ever touched or had a close contact with wild animals? A young woman from Texas is brave enough to face a huge alligator.
Whenever we visit zoos or animal parks, the zoo and animal keepers tell us not to get too close to the animals. These zoos and animal parks usually have a wide range of animals that people can look at and sometimes, even interact with.
But would you be brave enough to hold and feed an alligator?
In Texas, a 21-year-old student named Makenzie Noland has been going viral on various social media platforms for doing something that not all of us are courageous enough to do. Makenzie has chosen to be an intern at the Gator Country in Beaumont, Texas where she interacted with the 370 alligators of the wildlife sanctuary.
In the viral video of Makenzie, she is seen bonding with the alligator Big Tex. Big Tex, or as Makenzie fondly calls him Tex, is a 14-foot-long alligator. She is seen going into the pond of Big Tex and making him go to her by feeding him treats.
Makenzie is seen in the video using hand motions to call Big Tex and is even seen patting the huge alligator’s snout as if she is petting a dog!
Makenzie Noland has been with the organization for three months and she has been training with Big Tex since then. She was trained and supervised by alligator experts during her stay in the wildlife sanctuary.
Alligators are wild animals which are usually seen in swamps, freshwater rivers, lakes, and marshes. These animals have strong jaws and are carnivorous in nature. They also have very sharp teeth that help them eat their food.
Makenzie said in an interview that interacting with Big Tex was like training a puppy and that she uses hand motions for Big Tex to come to her. When Big Tex responds to her hand motions, she tickles his nose and gives him the sweet treat for being a good boy.
Makenzie also said that she is very grateful that Big Tex personally chose her for the gentle giant does not let just anybody get into his pond. She gets to play with Big Tex almost every day in his pond.
The viral video of Makenzie with Big Tex has also received various comments from netizens. Some commended her bravery, but there are also some who said that what she did was really not good. The 21-year-old student said that she was well-trained and supervised.
She's absolutely fearless 😱🐊ViralHog
Posted by UNILAD on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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