It was just another typical Los Angeles day as families enjoyed clear skies and tasty ice cream with their loved ones… until suddenly a prehistoric being was walking on the streets!
What would you do if you saw a saber-toothed cat walking down pedestrian streets?
Personally, I would be equal parts excited and terrified.
But you may be wondering, how can a sabertooth be wandering out and about on Wilshire Boulevard in LA? Didn’t they become extinct during the Ice Age?
That is exactly correct, they are extinct. So how did this one mysterious creature survive?
Well, if you look closely, you’ll find that this sabertooth cat isn’t a prehistoric mammal at all, but rather a life size robotic model!
Honestly, it would have fooled me. With the way the head moves and the eyes blink, along with the fur being beautifully disheveled, I would have believed this predatory cat was real.
The life-sized sabertooth cat robot was attached to a leash and escorted by two “handlers.” For a robot, it moved very life-like, especially when its large paws would walk across the cement.
What a great treat for LA residents that day!
So why did this huge cat make an appearance? The sabertooth was promoting the Ice Age Encounters exhibit at the LA Brea Tar Pits and Museum.
The smilodon, also known as one of the most famous prehistoric mammals and the best known saber-toothed cat, enjoyed delicious Ice Age-themed treats from the CoolHaus ice cream truck. It also took pictures with some adoring and incredulous fans!
Brave kids were the first ones to approach the large feline, and before long many other civilians got a snapshot with the animatronic animal.
I wish I was there! But in the meantime, we can relive the experience with the video below.