Here's how a prehistoric animal can end up parked in the middle of a road - and other dinosaur thefts right here in Australia.
By
Chloe Watson

17 Feb 2016 - 5:26 PM  UPDATED 17 Feb 2016 - 5:26 PM

A 7.6 metre tall model triceratops was found in the middle of a road in Britain's Isle of Wight last night.

Locally known as Godshilla, the triceratops was dragged from its home in Godshill's Jurassic Garden and dumped in the middle of the street. Owner Martin Simpson said he was shocked to see the beast appearing on social media over the weekend, as it takes up to five men to move the model.

The dino abduction is believed to be the work of drunken pranksters and a number of images have been posted on social media. Chris Hollingshead posted a photo to Facebook, writing: "That priceless moment when you're driving home from work at 3am and the road is blocked by a 20ft Triceratops!!! #godblessbeer #someoneneedsamedal"

However, this is not the first time dinosaurs have disappeared - a few occurrences have taken place right here in Australia, too.

Perishing Psittacosaurus

In 2003, thieves broke into the Newcastle Regional Museum and stole a 110-million year old Psittacosaurus bones. The skeleton was part of the Newcastle museum's Chinese Dinosaurs exhibition and was one of only 10 in the world. Some of the bones were found around the museum, leading experts to believe that it was an amateur act.

A Night at the Museum

In 2013 a giant fibreglass Utahraptor valued at $2,400 was stolen from The National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra. A spokesperson from the museum said that the statue had been left outside while large granite boulders were added to the museum gardens.

After a three-day manhunt, police managed to locate the statue thanks to a tip-off - it turned out a 20-year-old man had stolen the Utahraptor as part of a birthday prank.

The National Dinosaur Museum suffered another attack just last year, when a 1.8 metre $1000 Protoceratops went missing after the museum lent it to Hoyts for promoting the release of Jurassic World. It was also targeted in 2012, after vandals stole silicon teeth from a Tyrannosaurus rex.