T-rex removed from Ankara traffic island

Ankara’s new mayor removed a life-sized model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex from a traffic island near the presidential palace.

The T-Rex, installed by Mustafa Tuna’s predecessor, was winched onto a truck, video footage published by Habertürk television showed.

The three metre-high model will probably be moved to AnkaPark, a controversial theme park planned by former mayor Melih Gökçek but never opened, Habertürk said.The 1.1 million square-metre project, complete with over 1,000 giant toys, was due to start operating next April at a cost of almost 2 billion lira ($506 million). It was meant to rival Disneyland in Paris and attract millions of tourists to the city.

Tuna said he would consult with Ankara’s residents before deciding whether to pursue the project.

Gökçek resigned in October under pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan along with several other mayors. Head of the city since 1994, he was an eccentric and fiery politician known for his conspiracy theories and fully-capitalised outbursts on Twitter.