La Jolla's T-Rex rejoins the fossil record

The T.rex after being crushed by a tree during December's storms. Photo: Dave Schwab
The T.rex after being crushed by a tree during December's storms. Photo: Dave Schwab

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

Muirlands T.Rex is extinct — for now.

The fate of the mighty 14-foot-high T. Rex that for two years had prowled the estate at 1401 Muirlands Drive has been decided.

“I’m afraid the T. Rex was recycled in an environmentally sensitive manner: mainly chain saws and the thing was hauled off to the dump,” said the anonymous owner of the much-beloved, metal-sculpture dinosaur which has become a local landmark in its La Jolla neighborhood. “The gods did not seem to like our yard ornament."

After the terrible lizard was crushed by a eucalyptus tree a couple of months ago onto a fence during a storm, a decision had to be made on whether it should be repaired or recycled back into the fossil record.

Though he opted for the latter, the owner of the late T.Rex said his decision to terminate the noble beast may not be final.

“There could be a replacement — but not imminent,” he said, adding he’s not real popular right now with his 8-year-old daughter who, along with a great many others in the community, had become attached to the prehistoric beast.

“I’m starting to feel guilty,” the owner admitted. “I may owe the kids another dinosaur.”

Should he ever decide to resurrect his prehistoric yard display, the owner said he would likely opt for a different, more juvenile meat-eating dinosaur.

“I’m thinking more of a velociraptor mode,” he said. “A neighbor suggested a theme, rather than just one large animal.”

After the T.Rex was downed, neighbors expressed their feeling for it leaving cards, flowers and stuffed animals near it on the fence in a makeshift shrine.



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