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Durham museum's dinosaur head located

Posted June 3, 2009

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— The head of a brontosaurus model from the Museum of Life and Science was located Wednesday, two days after nearby residents discovered the model had been vandalized.

Police said the head was found undamaged off Preston Andrews Road in northern Durham County. The culprits apparently used an ax to cut off the head, police said.

head of a brontosaurus Museum's dinosaur head located

No charges have been filed in the case, which police said appeared to be a prank.

"I don't think it is in anybody's interest to pursue charges," said Julie Rigby, the museum's vice president for external relations.

Museum officials might push for the culprits to perform some "educational" community service, Rigby said.

The brontosaurus was part of the museum’s old Dinosaur Trail, which opened in 1967. The museum plans to open a new Dinosaur Trail sometime this summer.

On Monday, nearby residents found a portion of the model's neck on the ground and saw that the head was missing, officials said.

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  • rebekah816 Jun 3, 2009

    My 'kids' are now, 14 and 20, and they still talk about how much they love the Life and Science museum...how anyone can say that it's not important and that charges don't need to be pursued is beyond me! Heck, I remember that trail from when I was little and I'm almost 43 yrs old...the whole thing just breaks my heart...seems no one cares about history anymore!

  • whoami Jun 3, 2009

    If they do not want to pursue charges (which I think they should), then the perpetrator(s) should have to pay have the dino reassembled

  • britt2 Jun 3, 2009

    I can't believe charges aren't being pressed. Vandalizing a landmark, beloved by many residents shouldn't be something you can just get away with. It is a slippery slope, whats next, it's ok to destroy public park facilities? I'm very very happy the head was recovered, and hope the statue can be conserved, but to just let the perps walk tells these kids that they can do what they want. How can the museum condone teaching them that life lesson?

  • smartsoutherngirl Jun 3, 2009

    The Police know who did it.

  • htomc42 Jun 3, 2009

    Pursuing penalties for vandalism damage would be ridiculous, given that these dinosaurs were in pretty bad shape to begin with. The museum has essentially abandoned that whole area; its overgrown and the dinos are showing years of weather damage.

  • 2DAMFAR Jun 3, 2009

    "I don't think it is in anybody's interest to pursue charges," said Julie Rigby, THERE GOES ANOTHER PRANK LETS DO IT AGAIN NO HARM DONE. THIS COST MONEY WHO PAYS, WHY NOT THE ONE'S THAT DID IT. YOUR ALL WRONG JULIE RIGBY. THERE WAS POLICE TIME,COST OF REPAIR AND YOUR TIME I GUESS WHICH YOU THINK IS WORTH NOTHING.
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  • Humungous Jun 3, 2009

    Still airing those sour grapes Paul Revere?

  • melvinb Jun 3, 2009

    Gee, I can remember when my neighbor and I took our girls for an outing at the Durham Life and Science museum(about 40 years ago) and the fun they had exploring the dinosaur trails, as well as the occasional "real" snake slithering across the trail! Oh, I forgot....such things are passe` now that we have such things as "build-a-bear" stores and millions of computer games to keep our kids firmly planted inside on their rears with no exercise at all! Did you ever wonder what the obesity rate among children would be now if all the electronic games were banned and the kids were forced to provide their own entertainment? Yeah, I know I'm dating myself by even suggesting such a thing. All that to say, I'm glad the brontosaurus is getting his head back!

  • howdiditgettothis Jun 3, 2009

    "I don't think it is in anybody's interest to pursue charges," said Julie Rigby, the museum's vice president for external relations.......

    I'm not so sure I agree with that, esp. if they knew who did it.

    Likely, they don't know and don't want to waste time or money finding out -- which I can understand.

    We went to the museum in Durham a few weeks ago for the first time. It is a wonderful place, and hopefully, the people of Durham will work to keep it a crime free place.

  • Right_Is_Right Jun 3, 2009

    PaulRevere -- ZING!

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