A man in Mexico has tied the knot with an alligator, Reuters has reported. In a vibrant wedding that took place in June, a Mexican mayor of a tiny town married his alligator bride.

In video and pictures that have gone viral on social media, the man can be seen kissing the alligator. The seven-year-old alligator is referred to as ‘little princess’. It is thought to be a goddess who represents mother earth; her union with the local leader represents the union of people and the divine.

“We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,” said Sosa, mayor of the small fishing village on Oaxaca’s steamy Pacific coast.

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“It gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots,” said Elia Edith Aguilar, known as the godmother who organised the wedding.

“It’s a very beautiful tradition,” she added.