Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:45

Visitors to the Eden Project are being surprised this summer with sightings of one of the most fearsome predators ever to walk the earth.

The “escaped” Tyrannosaurus rex has been spotted prowling among the sunflowers and Bougainvillea as part of Eden’s Dinosaurs Unleashed summer activities.

Visitors have been shocked and delighted in equal measure by the appearance of the Cretaceous creature, with some recoiling in horror as it photo-bombs their holiday snaps and others even trying to plant a kiss on its nose.

The walking, roaring escaped Tyrannosaurus and its frantic keeper are making regular appearances around the Eden Project on every day of Dinosaurs Unleashed.

The event is a thrilling journey 67 million years back in time, turning visitors into true explorers as they track down and discover amazing things about the giant beasts that used to rule the planet.

In The Crater of the Tyrant King, they have an amazing close encounter with another giant Tyrannosaurus rex, as it devours its Triceratops prey. This incredibly detailed immersive experience is a sensory feast that visitors will never forget.

The Dig Pit provides adventure of a different kind as families burrow down to discover a fossilised Stegosaurus skeleton and see how palaeontologists first found and pieced together the giants of the past.

In the Dinosaur Exhibition in the Core they can explore why dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating, why scientists think they were so big and delve into some of the theories of how they were wiped out 65 million years ago.

Here, too, they can go nose-to-nose with history by viewing an amazing collection of dinosaur fossils including real dinosaur eggs, a fossilised brain, a whole skeleton and a real T.rex tooth.

The full Dinosaurs Unleashed programme – including the escaped T.rex - will be at Eden until September 2. From September 3 to 16, The Crater of the Tyrant King and the Dinosaur Exhibition will be at Eden.

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