Vet rapt with return of beloved dinosaur sculpture years after theft

ABC Radio Brisbane

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Jessica Hinchliffe

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September 19, 2018 13:52:44
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The triceratops, named Topsy, also serves the family in a festive way each year.”We can’t fit a Christmas tree in the house, so the kids decorate her with tinsel and lights and that’s their Christmas tree.”We knew she died in a pine forest as they found pine cones in the rocks around her.”

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Dinosaur fans John and Bonnie were married with the T-Rex in the surgery grounds. A Brisbane veterinarian with a love of dinosaurs is celebrating the return of a raptor sculpture that had been stolen more than two years ago.Police returned the raptor to Allan O’Grady from Eaton’s Hill Veterinary Surgery after it was discovered during a raid at Albany Creek earlier this month.Dr O’Grady said it was good to have the dinosaur back home.”She’s in a sorry state as when they stole her they broke the feet and the toes,” he said.”She has come back badly damaged and it will take some restoration to get her back in her original state.”The raptor was found along with a quantity of cannabis, steroids and other controlled dugs and utensils during the raid. External Link:

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“The day she was stolen was a Saturday morning in 2016 and it was pretty high up as they were up on the front gate,” Dr O’Grady told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston.”It’s about 20 foot up (6.1 metres), so it was well planned to remove it as they would have needed ladders, tools and a ute to get it away.”It definitely wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing; it was well planned.”The female raptor, which Dr O’Grady said children had called Steven, was replaced with a replica about 15 months ago.”It was the same dinosaur but a different colour,” he said. (Facebook: Eatons Hill Veterinary Surgery)
Dr O’Grady said it was “good police work putting two-and-two together”.”There’s not many raptors around and we put in a police report when they were stolen,” he said.”They were in the police database as they came and took photographs, so they were aware of it.”It was also well publicised when she first went missing.” The dinosaurs can be seen from the road perched up on the veterinary surgery sign.Many nearby residents have marked special events in front of the dinosaurs, including having their wedding photos taken there. (Facebook: Eatons Hill Veterinary Surgery)
For the love of dinosaursDr O’Grady said his love of dinosaurs started at the age of six and prompted him to become a collector over the years.”I’ve been collecting real fossils for many years and we have a triceratops skull in the kitchen at home on a mobile stand,” he said.”It came from America and it took me seven years to get it while it was being cut out of the matrix and put back together again.”

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The well-loved dinosaurs had been part of the surgery signage for years.
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The raptor sat high atop the vet surgery sign seen by motorists each day. (Facebook: Eatons Hill Veterinary Surgery)

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