Dinosaurs invaded the Oxnard Plain Thursday, but they had to wait two hours for a forklift to remove them from a moving van.
As the doors of the van opened to reveal the lifelike models, forklift operator Dale Core urged his co-workers: "Go in and show 'em we're friendly!"
The figures, which are about 7 feet tall or half the size of the real creatures, were built by Dynamation International Corp., a Southern California company specializing in robotic dinosaurs. The exhibit has toured from Los Angeles to Redding and is making a four-month stop in Oxnard.
Presented by the Gull Wings Children's Museum of Oxnard, the "Dinosaurs Alive!" exhibit is scheduled to open Dec. 8 and continue through April 5. In addition to the dinosaurs, which move and roar, the exhibit features hands-on activities for youngsters, such as digging for fossils and computer games, a theater with short films on natural history and a gift shop. There will also be a fossil display donated by the University of California at Berkeley.