Roxy the Rap­tor is turn­ing a few heads as he en­joys his new home in a Coly­ton front yard.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

WHILE most peo­ple wel­come a dog or a cat into the house­hold, the Rout fam­ily, of Coly­ton, have fallen in love with … a di­nosaur.

Roxy the Rap­tor has taken up res­i­dence in the front yard and has be­come a head­turn­ing land­mark in the sub­ur­ban street.

He is seven years old, weighs in at a whop­ping 350kg and is al­most 3m high and 6m long. He also came in at a weighty $6000.

The di­nosaur has been at the Rout’s home for just over a week, but he al­ready has at­tracted quite a crowd look­ing over the front fence. Jason Rout told The Stan

dard peo­ple had been lin­ing up to get a photo with the predator from day one.

“Peo­ple have been com­ing up to it and ask­ing us where we got it,” he said.

“Some peo­ple even got out of their cars to come and get pho­tos with it.”

Roxy was bought by Mr Rout and wife Karen on a trip to the Blue Moun­tains.

“My wife and I went up there be­fore we got mar­ried and we were on our way back and she pointed it out (the di­nosaur).

“She said ‘I have al­ways wanted that’.

“Re­cently we called in and found out it was for sale and we put a de­posit down.”

Mr Rout said the fam­ily felt very safe with Roxy.

“He has sur­veil­lance cam­eras on at all times,” he said.

Mr Rout’s daugh­ter, Casey, 15, said she couldn’t be­lieve it when her par­ents brought home the huge di­nosaur.

“Mum and dad came home and they were try­ing to film my re­ac­tion, they said ‘Casey we bought a di­nosaur’,” Casey said.

“I was so shocked but I love it.

“There is a go­rilla up there I want to get next.”

The Routs have also bought an English phonebox to go along­side Roxy.

‘‘ We called in and we found out it was for sale and we put a de­posit down Jason Rout

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Jason Rout with his chil­dren, Casey, 15, and Char­lie, 7, and Roxy the Rap­tor.

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