See the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex dressed in a cozy Christmas sweater.
The T. rex replica from the Natural History Museum in London is a huge, ferocious-looking beast, built to scale about 60 percent the size of a 40-foot-long prehistoric creature.
An animatronic ride with roaring sound effects often intimidates visitors, but the ravenous edge softened somewhat on Monday when visitors discovered a Tyrannosaurus rex dressed in a giant blue, red and green holiday sweater teeming with merry Christmas trees and snowflakes. …
The turtleneck, created by a British company that also wore MPs, wrapped tightly around the wide upper body and neck of the Tyrannosaurus, then tapered to sleeves short enough to wrap around the dinosaur’s small arms.
“There is nothing more fun than the dinosaur jumper with the smallest arms in the world,” said Carla Trezhe, buyer and product developer at the museum. “I think it makes him a little less scary.”
But not for everyone, according to Snael Patel, chief executive of Jack Masters, a Leicester, England-based jersey company that made the sweater.
“Several children were crying,” he said.
However, Mr. Patel said that most people were ecstatic and “hysterical” when the animatronic creature, which responds to visitors through motion sensors in its eyes, flinched and turned towards the crowd.
The idea came to Mr Patel in April, when he and Ms Treasure were trying to come up with a sweater that the museum could sell in its gift shop, which would cheer up the public and gather the crowds that have diminished since the pandemic.
According to Ms Treasure, the museum has recently started selling more environmentally friendly products. Mr. Patel’s company makes sweaters from recycled cotton and plastic bottles.
But Mr. Patel advised to go “a little more” than just a sweater from the gift shop.
“Let’s just put a Christmas sweater on the dinosaur,” he recalled, suggesting.
Ms Treasure proposed the idea to the museum’s board of trustees, who approved it. Ms Treasure said she specifically recommended that the tyrannosaurus wear a Christmas jumper, a flashy holiday decoration that self-deprecating Britons have embraced.
The entire process of knitting a sweater that would fit the size of a dinosaur took about 100 hours, she said. Mr. Patel said the first sweater was too big. Putting on a turtleneck was also a problem, according to Mr. Patel, who recalled trying to pull and pull the material over the head of the dinosaur.
In the end, they decided to add a zip to the back of the sweater. During the fitting process, museum technicians were on hand to pause the tyrannosaurus’ movements while Mr. Patel and his staff measured the dinosaur using large stepladders and an extra-long measuring tape.
On Monday, Mr. Patel and his staff arrived at the museum early in the morning to put the finishing touches on a sweater that measures nearly four feet around the neck, nine and a half feet around the shoulders, and just over 10 feet around the body.
On Twitter, images of a Tyrannosaurus rex wearing a sweater drew enthusiastic reactions.
“The most moving news of the year” one person wrote…
“The Jurassic Park / Home Alone crossover looks great”, by Michael Moran, a British tabloid journalist.
On the museum’s Instagram account, photos of a dinosaur in a jumper received over 23,000 likes.
“This is something that I never knew what I needed in my life up to this point,” wrote one Instagram user in response to the photos.
The sweater will remain on the T. rex until Christmas Eve.
Mr. Patel said he expects to get the sweater back. It will then be shredded into a material that can be reused for something else, like carpet. But Ms Treasure said she hoped the sweater could be turned into another product that could be donated to charity.
Mr. Patel said that after successfully styling the animatronic dinosaur, he felt ready to equip other massive animal displays with Christmas sweaters.
“If the New York Museum wants to do something next year,” he said, referring to the American Museum of Natural History, “we are ready.”