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Pavilion Spotlight: Welcome Home Sue!

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One week, three truckloads, 36 crates totaling more than 42,000 pounds, a fork lift, and a whole lot of man power.

"We had to pull some windows out to bring her rib cage through those windows because the size of her ribcage was too big to get in any other way," said Larry Toll, the Washington Pavilion's President.

"Sue is a real life-sized replica, so the large size of her is what you would have seen 67 million years ago," said the Center's Director, Erica Lacy.

Sue measures 42 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips. She's also a native of South Dakota.

"The true pleasure for me is to be bringing Sue home after so many years. We have a little saying her that she's rocking again after 67 million years," said Toll.

This replica, weighing a hefty 3,500 pounds, is one of three in the world.

"The real bones aren't on display just because they're so sensitive and precious and they need to be held in the right conditions to be studied for years to come," said Lacey.

A variety of multi-media and interactive elements will help make Sue come alive. You can also check out a movie at the Wells Fargo Cinedome about this largest meat eater in North America.

"Dinosaurs are loved by all ages from 3 to 90, so I think this exhibition will speak to families and all of our audiences," said Lacey.

Added Toll, "We've had people say are you ever going to bring her back and now we've fulfilled that wish."

You can check out Sue starting this Saturday at 10:00am at the Kirby Science Center. The exhibit runs through January 5th.

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