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Repairs bring vandalized dinosaur back to life
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      The animatronic dinosaur outside the Reading Public Museum is moving again less than a month after its claws were ripped of, several teeth yanked from its mouth and a part of its spine broken.

      "In addition to the visually obvious damage, the tearing out of teeth and the ripping of the spine, the riding on the dinosaur that they did, also damaged one of the motors," said John Smith, director, Reading Public Museum.

      Three men vandalized the spinosaurus earlier this month, but the community rallied to get the exhibit back in action, raising $10,000. The museum fronted an additional $2,000 for the rest of the repairs.

      "The community spoke louder than those actions did and stepped up with their money and with their support. A lot of calls for volunteer time to help watch the dinosaur or help repair the dinosaur if they could," said Smith.

      The dino is now fully functioning. A crew flew in from China to make the repairs, attaching new foam body parts and spray-painting the finishing touches.

      Although the vandals who took the dinosaur out of commission are still out there, the museum is ready if they strike again.

      "Now, there are additional sound alarms, motion detectors, things that will set off a lot of bells and whistles internally for us, so if something were to happen with one of our outdoor venues in the future, we will be alerted to it far more quickly," he said.

      If there is a silver lining in all of this, Smith said the museums attendance has spiked after the damage because people want to come out and show their support.

      The "Dinosaurs Around the World: Passport to Pangea" exhibit, which features an additional dinosaur outside and several more inside, will run until Oct. 2.

 

---------This article was originally published by Amanda VanAllen

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