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Dinosaur thief urged to return statue's giant leg

Leggo my leg, oh! A traveling European exhibit discovers that someone swiped one of the legs from its largest dino, the Diplodocus.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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Have you seen a gigantic dinosaur leg around anywhere? It can't get far on foot.

Europe's largest traveling dinosaur exhibit was on display at Dinoworld Norge in Orsta, Norway, over the weekend, and someone stole a leg from its Diplodocus model. The fiberglass Diplodocus, the largest in the exhibit, is listed as 17 meters (55 feet) long, so it's not like some kid's toting its leg around in his or her backpack.

The Local translated quotes from the exhibition spokesman from his interview with Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, and at least the dinosaur keepers have a good attitude about it.

"What we are wondering is if there is someone out there who woke up from a party with a dinosaur leg in their bed," Magnus Winther said. "It's OK to have a one-night stand, but we want our leg back."

The thief can even ditch the pricey body part without getting the police involved, if it's returned soon.

"It doesn't seem very likely that (the police) would put a lot of resources into finding a dinosaur leg," Winther said. "What I have said is that we won't file a police report if we get the foot back again but if we don't, then we'll have to consider it. This isn't exactly a cheap attraction."

One of the longest dinosaurs ever found, Diplodocus lived during the late Jurassic period (155-145 million years ago) and many of its fossils have been found in the Rocky Mountains.

Did this robber not learn from the lesson of hapless dinosaur-embryo thief Dennis Nedry (Hello...Newman!) in "Jurassic Park"? The dinosaurs always get their revenge.