Indonesians are loving (and somehow believing) that a ‘triceratops’ has arrived at a recreational park in East Java

A video showing a triceratops (yes, the dinosaur) being unloaded from a truck has become a source of amusement and wonder for Indonesians on social media lately, prompting netizens to question if 2020 can get any weirder. Screenshot from Twitter/@PengendaliiApi & Instagram/@mojosemiforestpark
A video showing a triceratops (yes, the dinosaur) being unloaded from a truck has become a source of amusement and wonder for Indonesians on social media lately, prompting netizens to question if 2020 can get any weirder. Screenshot from Twitter/@PengendaliiApi & Instagram/@mojosemiforestpark

A video showing a triceratops (yes, the dinosaur) being unloaded from a truck has become a source of amusement and wonder for Indonesians on social media lately, prompting netizens to question if 2020 can get any weirder.

Alhamdulillah (praise God) the new pet has arrived,” the tweet above reads.

To be clear, it’s an elaborate costume of the herbivorous dinosaur, which is famous for its three horns. The video shows the dinosaur resisting while being pulled with ropes by a number of military officers and animal handlers. The 30-second clip has been viewed nearly 880,000 times on Twitter at the time of publication.

Netizens have expressed varied reactions to the video, with some genuinely wondering if it was a real dinosaur despite the giant reptiles having gone extinct more than 65 million years ago. To be fair, the video quality does make it seem quite lifelike.

“Did the dinosaur in Jurassic World run away to Indonesia?”

“In mothers’ Whatsapp groups, this video has circulated along with the caption ‘Sign of the end of time… Dajjal’s (the Islamic equivalent of the Anti-Christ) ride has arrived… ‘’ Repent for your sins no matter what comes to us.”

“Apparently this wasn’t real lol though I’d be happy if real dinosaurs were still alive and existing.”

The scene was actually taken from Mojosemi Forest Park, an outdoor adventure park located on the foothills of Mount Lawu in Magetan regency, East Java. The park features different zones, including camping grounds and a dino park ⁠— which boasts a collection of robot dinosaurs.

Honggo Utomo, Mojosemi Forest Park’s deputy commissioner, said that the now-viral clip was taken during a shoot for the park’s promotional video. The triceratops costume itself was worn by several park employees. 

“We’re currently preparing some promotional [materials]. That video was prepared for promotional materials during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday. But it was leaked by a visitor who took the video,” Honggo said today

Speculations abound that the video was deliberately leaked as part of a viral campaign, and Mojosemi Forest Park appears to have piqued netizens’ curiosity about its dino park. For comparison, here’s the Triceratops video with added sound effect:

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