Dinosaur Statue Moved as German Authorities Fear Traffic Mayhem

Image: Workers transport a model of a dinosaur
Workers transport a model of a dinosaur at the exhibition 'World of Dinosaurs' at a former lignite surface mining area in Grosspoesna near Leipzig, central Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. More than 50 exhibits of different species of dinosaurs are on display until Nov. 30, 2014.Jens Meyer / AP

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A 100-foot long statue of a dinosaur had to be moved Wednesday because German authorities had deemed it a safety risk. Officials feared the sculpture could cause traffic accidents by distracting drivers on a nearby highway. The reptile, one of 50 species on show in the World of Dinosaurs exhibit near Leipzig, was moved to a less conspicuous position further from the road.

Workers transport a model of a dinosaur at the World of Dinosaurs exhibition in Grosspoesna, central Germany, on Oct. 29, 2014.Jens Meyer / AP
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