There have been dinosaur sightings in a Tulsa neighborhood.
That’s a good thing.
Bethany Martin is the owner of an inflatable T-Rex costume. Bored in this age of social distancing, she put on the costume a few days ago with the intent of bringing joy to others. She stood on the corner of 27th and Yale in her T-Rex suit and waved to people in passing cars.
Neighborhood kids spotted the T-Rex and alerted others to the dinosaur’s presence. Hmmmm.
“I was like, you know what, I should do this every day, go for a 10- or 20-minute walk and just give the kids something to look forward to,” Martin said.
“I’m a kindergarten teacher so I’m obviously not able to work right now, and I miss my students a lot. So it’s like, well, if I can’t be with my students, at least I can make some other students happy.”
Martin said she teaches at Unity Learning Academy. On Thursday, she put on the T-Rex costume and stood outside a neighborhood school, Hoover Elementary, as meals were being distributed to children.
Martin uses a neighborhood Facebook page to let people know when the T-Rex is going to be roaming about. She skipped one day because plumbers were at her home, but otherwise, she has been consistent in making her neighborhood a little bit Jurassic. It’s a safe way to put smiles on faces.
“I’m still keeping a safe distance,” she said. “But (the costume is) pretty airtight, and I don’t have to worry about germs getting into it, so it’s kind of nice.”
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Spain - 217,466 cases, 25,264 deaths
Italy - 197,675 cases, 26,644 deaths
France - 162,220 cases, 22,890 deaths
Germany - 158,142 cases, 5,985 deaths
United Kingdom - 154,038 cases, 20,797 deaths
Iran - 91,472 cases, 5,806 deaths
China - 83,912 cases, 4,637 deaths
Belgium - 46,687 cases, 7,207 deaths
Central and South America - 6,052+ deaths
Netherlands - 35,921 cases, 4,192 deaths
Middle East (outside Iran) - 2,954 deaths
Africa - 27,000+ cases, 1,300+ deaths
India - 23,502 cases, 722 deaths
South Korea - 10,694 cases, 238 deaths
Russia - 68,622 cases, 615 deaths
Japan - 12,368 cases, 328 deaths (712 cases, 10 deaths from cruise ship)
Israel - 14,882 cases, 193 deaths (West Bank/Gaza: 2 deaths)
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