Not only do these photos show Mackenzie's bravery for standing this close to an alligator, these photos display a fascinating friendship.
To learn more about Mackenzie and Big Tex, please watch the video.
"Mackenzie Noland, 21, majored in wildlife ecology and is spending her summer interning at an alligator sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas. “He's one of my best friends here,” she told Inside Edition."
Thumbnail Photo Credit: Inside Edition YouTube Channel