Seven minutes with a scary monster
Waikato Museum had an interesting exhibition on one of my visits. But I only worked this out later, after I had overcome my shock of facing a scary monster in front of the entrance.
You know, after having been bitten by flightless New Zealandish monster birds named weka, I am not really keen on meeting animals with sharp teeth.
So when spotting this huge creature I first kept a safety distance.
But when I got closer, I became a little bit of a daredevil. Funnily enough the monster spoke English and said he had a tooth ache, and asked if I could not have a look. As he promised not to bite me I checked out his teeth but did not find anything wrong with them. Well, sure, I am no dentist...
But I said if he walked to more people like me, he would not think of his tooth ache all the time and would probably feel better.
The monster was delighted of my helpful advice and did not stop talking. Can't say if he was as successful later with other animals or people when I had left, but for the moment he was very pleased and allowed me to climb on him and check out his inflated body.
These claws alone could have squashed and mashed me, had the monster had malicious intentions.
I could also take a ride on the monster's tail.
We separated as friends but I doubt I will ever meet the monster again, as he might have lost air and steam when his job was done.