BINDI Irwin reckons her dad Steve would have had "a lot of fun" trying to catch the monster croc unveiled at Australia Zoo yesterday.
Given the zoo's new addition is 13 metres long and weighs five tonnes, even the legendary Crocodile Hunter would have had his hands full with it.
The sarcosuchus imperator (a prehistoric crocodile) was given to Robert Irwin for his ninth birthday on what the youngster referred to as "the funnest day ever".
Filled with as much energy as his father had, Robert's eyes lit up as his mother Terri pulled back the sheet of his gigantic new toy.
"Well, I actually have got a lot of presents, but I think this is definitely the best," he said. "I tried to get a glimpse of it yesterday but security wouldn't let me in."
With the youngster joking about filling Australia Zoo with dinosaurs, mum Terri said they may be inclined give one Coast identity a run for his money.
"I think we'll just make Clive Palmer utterly jealous," she said.
"You can just see him saying, 'Oh, I don't have a sarcosuchus'."
Australia Zoo artist Cameron Chapman spent five weeks constructing the beast and said the project had its moments.
"You have to work to the speed of the concrete," he said. "If it goes off, you've got to carve it and get it done that way."
The monster croc is incredibly detailed and Terri said she was blown away by Mr Chapman's determination and vision.
"I just can't believe Cameron could build it," she said.
"We'd appreciate in any vision of Cameron, that you fuzz him out so Disney doesn't steal him."
Other highlights of Robert's birthday celebrations included mechanical dinosaurs roaming around the park with palaeontologist and fossil displays.
Pulling at the massive teeth as he stood inside the giant croc's mouth, Robert said he looked forward to aging gracefully.
"Mum said that I'm starting to get grey hairs."
Built in 1914, this 2 bedroom workers cottage sits on 909sqm block with mountain views. This quaint home has original character features with TandG walls for a...
Opportunity to buy into a dress circle street with prestige waterfront homes, without being a millionaire! This delightful lowset home in blue chip Chelsea...
Lifestyle, location and leisure; this home offers it all with a north facing expansive alfresco poolside entertaining area plus a location close to beaches...
Interest rates remain on hold at historic lows and with a new financial year just begun; it's time to invest in your first home or to add to your property...
Positioned on a well established fenced 786 m2 block, is this newly renovated home, complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern kitchen, alfresco...
- Low maintenance rendered brick and tile Currimundi home - Separate living and dining areas with open plan kitchen - Huge master with ensuite, separate entrance...
This is the perfect home to put down roots and raise your family. With indoor and outdoor living spaces overlooking the pool, this is the obvious choice of venue...
This home is ideal if you enjoy entertaining and are after a low maintenance yard. The open plan kitchen and living / dining areas are the social hub of this home.
Enjoy the many luxuries of this private and impressive residence situated in beautiful Mons on the Sunshine Coast. Set on 6,330m2, this resort style residence...
First home buyers seeking to enter the market without over-committing themselves to a crippling mortgage, need to start somewhere...and this well presented ground...
Join the Community.
Get your local news, your way.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.