Kids go through obsessions, and it’s tough to not get sucked in and join them. As a parent, you can fall into the trap of fully embracing a new favorite animal or show, encouraging it, and then ending up with a bunch of junk after your kid falls out of love with it. And then there are times when you may end up going more overboard than you planned, as was the case for one dad in the U.K.
It started out simply enough. His four-year-old son was a huge fan of dinosaurs after watching a Disney story. Very relatable. The kid wants a dinosaur toy, ok we have all been there. Dad finds a statue of a dinosaur for sale, OK, maybe losing a few people, but who wouldn’t want to splurge for a magical gift for their kid? It wasn’t until the company called the dad to let him know the dino wouldn’t fit on their truck that he began to realize his mistake.
He did not order a small statue to throw in the yard and surprise his kid. He had accidentally ordered a 20-ft-TALL statue, one that had to be lowered into his yard WITH A CRANE.
He purchased it from an amusement park that was selling an old exhibit, so he didn’t have much to go on or any customer service support to rely on when making his purchase. And that is how you end up with a giant freaking dinosaur in your backyard. His son had asked for “the biggest dinosaur you’ve ever seen” and well, he at least delivered there, even if the final result was more than twice what he had expected.
“When I saw the size of him I just laughed and bought a heavy-duty chain to make a leash,” the dad told a local news outlet.
His kid (understandably) loves his new pet dino. The pictures of the mishap went viral, and the dad said he was surprised by all the reactions.
“I never expected a father’s love for his son, and his son’s for a pet dinosaur would spread across the globe!”