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MEGAsaurus!; Mega Mirror Katie's dino comes to life.

We had a surprise visitor recently - a huge, five and a half feet high, 12 feet long dinosaur.

But unlike the terrifying creatures in Jurassic Park, our dino was was of the friendly variety.

Mega Mirror reader Katie Sampson, 13, from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, won the jumbo-sized stuffed toy when she came first in our Design-A-Dino competition to celebrate the video release of Land Before Time IV.

Katie was chuffed to bits with her prize and already had plans for it.

"I love it," she said, stroking its furry face.

"I'd really like to keep it but it's just too big, so I'm going to give it to the children's ward of my local hospital - it'll cheer up all the sick children."

And an even bigger version of Katie's dinosaur has been made. It is 12 feet tall, 21 feet long and eight and a half feet wide.

This gigantic toy broke the British record for the biggest soft toy, giving Katie the bonus of seeing her name listed in the Guinness Book Of Records as its designer.

The record-breaking dino will be airlifted by helicopter from the manufacturers in Devon to London.

It will be auctioned at Christie's on July 31 and the proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

"It's all so exciting - I can't wait to see my name in the Guinness Book Of Records," said Katie, who also won a copy of Land Before Time IV and a cartoon drawing from the film.

ESSO'S Walk In The Woods campaign starts this weekend. It's all about encouraging everyone to enjoy Britain's woodlands. For info on a wood near you call the hotline on: 0171 828 9928.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Parker, Fiona
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 3, 1997
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