Juras­sic lark for Tom Price po­lice

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Po­lice work can be tricky, es­pe­cially if there is a pre­his­toric car­ni­vore on the loose in your town. Luck­ily for Tom Price po­lice this is Ter­rance the T-Rex, a morale-boost­ing di­nosaur on a cru­sade to bring cheer to the good peo­ple of Tom Price, be­cause this is the Pil­bara.

■ Tom Price po­lice have con­firmed sight­ings of a pre­his­toric car­ni­vore run­ning around the town’s streets and shops as ac­cu­rate.

For a fort­night now, Tom Price res­i­dents have re­ported see­ing pre­his­tory’s most feared preda­tor, Tyran­nosaurus rex, shop­ping at Coles, go­ing to the pub and at­tempt­ing to eat the an­i­mal stat­ues around town.

Nat­u­rally, Pil­bara News had to in­ves­ti­gate, but fate in­ter­vened and our spe­cialised di­nosaur re­search ve­hi­cle broke down at the Robe River rest stop on the way to Tom Price.

Ter­rance the T-Rex, who de­spite the name is fe­male, said de­spite the moun­tain of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sug­gest oth­er­wise, Tyran­nosaurus rexes were friendly and loved to dance and sing.

“T-Rex is just busy jug­gling work­ing full time, run­ning a fam­ily and run­ning amok in her spare time,” she said.

“I’ve only had a few chil­dren run off in the other di­rec­tion, but yeah, most peo­ple have re­alised T-Rexes like to jump around and dance and clap now.

“I just got asked to go down to Perth in April to gate­crash a karaoke morn­ing. I’m al­ways up for karaoke.”

Ter­rance has agreed to at­tend the karaoke on the pro­viso she can sing Re­spect by Aretha Franklin or Kenny Rogers’ The Gam­bler.

Tom Price po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Alvin Tay­lor said the T-Rex had so far been a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“Ob­vi­ously po­lice are trained for all man­ner of sit­u­a­tions,” he said.

“The re­port came in for a large lizard-type crea­ture de­scribed as eight foot tall with scaly skin and short arms.

“You never know what is go­ing to hap­pen next.”

Sen. Const. Tay­lor said they had to res­ur­rect the older cells in case the T-Rex had to be con­tained.

Ter­rance said hav­ing short arms was a hur­dle in the mod­ern world, as she had so far strug­gled to use check­outs at the shop­ping cen­tre.

Pic­ture: Tina El­liott Pho­tog­ra­phy

Pic­tures: Tina El­liott Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tom Price po­lice at­tempt to se­cure a Tyran­nosaurus rex spot­ted in town.

Scenes rem­i­nis­cent of Juras­sic Park in Tom Price.

Po­lice have opened old jail cells to con­tain the crea­ture.

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