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Lifelike dinosaur statue causes stir in San Juan Capistrano

A lifelike, 40-foot long dinosaur statue at the Zoomars Petting Zoo is seen in this undated file photo.

November 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A lifelike dinosaur statue created quite a stir in San Juan Capistrano.

The 40-foot long replica apatosaurus was placed in the Zoomars Petting Zoo in June without city review and permits.

Kids love dinosaurs, so officials thought it was a perfect addition. But some local residents said it just didn't fit into their historic neighborhood.

However, the issue seems to be resolved now. The Cultural Heritage Commission held a meeting Tuesday and decided to let the zoo keep the dinosaur, saying it was no longer offensive.