A husband who was asked by his wife to spruce up their garden, decided to surprise her with a 12ft-tall T-Rex instead.
Adrian Shaw, 52, purchased the 14-stone resin and fiberglass dinosaur for £1,600 in place of the garden gnome his wife Deborah, 53, asked him to buy.
The dinosaur, named Dave, was strategically lifted into the couple’s garden in Leamington Spa, Warks by crane.
All of which took place whilst Deborah, who was none the wiser, was out running errands.
Adrian, who has two grown-up sons, said: “This project is a result of my wife’s request to make the garden look nice.
“She suggested I clear away the weeds and maybe put a gnome on the patio which got me thinking.
“I thought nothing could possibly look nicer in the garden than a 3.5 metre replica of a rampaging T-Rex, so I bought one.
“I guess that it is most people’s dream to own a 3.5 metre replica of a rampaging T-Rex but they don’t have the space or resources to do this.
“I have been very fortunate to be able to realise the dream.”
He purchased the dinosaur for £1,600 from a company in Wales who said they could deliver it.
All he had to do then was hire a crane to lift it into the garden.
He added: “The neighbours loved it and took lots of pictures and I thought it looked great in the garden.”
But wife Deborah, a school business manager, got the fright of her life when she spotted it in their garden in the middle of the night.
Adrian, who has been together with Deborah for 20 years and married for six, added: “I thought my wife would be thrilled to bits but I don’t think she was as enthusiastic as I’d expected her to be.
“She loves the Jurassic Park films and watches all the David Attenborough documentaries, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong with the purchase really.
“She came home late from work and it was dark so I thought I’d surprise her with Dave the next morning when she opened the curtains.
“I’d even set up my camera to capture her reaction, which I was expecting to be one of sheer delight.”
But Deborah ended up having to let the dog out for a wee in the middle of the light.
“When she opened the back door to let him out the security lights came on and she came face to face with the T-Rex.
“I could hear the screams and went running downstairs but even after the initial shock, she continued to scream.
“I’ve fallen in love with Dave though and he’s not going anywhere.
“I’m sure Deborah will understand and grow to love him just as much as I do.”