Joseph Gullett, right, dressed in a dinosaur suit jokes with fans relaxing in a pool cooling off in a camping area before a NASCAR cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Well, it’s happened.
I’m sure you were all waiting for it.
In Spain, police have urged people to stay indoors in light of the COVID-19 state of emergency.
As reported by Newsweek, Prime Minister Pedro imposed a 15-day restriction on movement aside from travel for work, food, medicine, or caregiving.
Another exception: Pets can be taken for short walks.
It appears a savvy citizen was game to utilize the animal exemption.
Here’s where your anticipation meets full paydirt.
I give you the mid-pandemic stroll of a T-Rex:
— E. R.R.E. (@Elire72) March 16, 2020
Even dinosaurs need to take out the trash.
And personally, I feel sorry for the big guy — if you think about it, who’d be more frightened of an extinction-level event than a Tyrannosaurus?
He probably can’t even sleep at night, saying to his theropod wife at 3 a.m., “This is it, Edna. I just know it.”
But as seen above, the police aren’t in an empathetic mood.
Hence, their tweet depicting Rex’s sidewalk shuffle.
Here’s the cops’ caption:
“During state of alarm, walking of pets is allowed if accompanied by one person, always short walks so they can relieve themselves. Having a Tyrannosaurus rex is not covered. #stayathome.”
Prime Minister Sánchez would likely likewise be unimpressed by the reptile’s rambling.
He tweeted the following Monday:
“Remember that you can go outside during the ESSENTIAL TIME so that our pet meets his needs and do not forget to collect their droppings. Do not use your pet as an excuse to break the rules.”
The PM’s particularly close to the illness — literally.
Sánchez’s wife, Begoña Gómez, was previously confirmed to have contracted the illness, newspaper El País reported.
The country’s on lockdown:
Sports and arts events have all been suspended, as have schools.
As of March 18th, 20:40 GMT, there were 14,769 cases of the Wuhan flu in Spain. There had been 638 deaths.
Nevertheless, while announcing a state of alarm at a conference Friday, the Prime Minister said the country will make it through:
“We will overcome this emergency by relying on advice from science and with support from all of the resources of the state. But it is also undeniable that we will manage it sooner, and with the least human, economic and social damage possible if we do it together.”
I’m sure that will comfort a certain ancient short-armed creature in the city of Murcia.
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