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Meet a T. rex named Sue

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Zoning in on its prey at the center of the Montshire Museum, a fierce meat eater gets ready to pounce. And she has a name-- meet Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Reporter Adam Sullivan: When you saw her for the first time, that big dinosaur behind you, what did you think?

Piper Smith/Whitefield, N.H.: WOW!

"I think it is pretty cool," said Maddie Reed of Norwich.

Reed is not that into toy dinosaurs. But Sue, she's a different story.

"I like the skeletons because they look more realistic," she said.

"They get to see it up close and personal and kind of get to see the ins and outs of it. They love it," dad Bryant Smith said.

And it's not just the kids who are in awe. Parents seem just as inspired by the T. rex that died 65-67 million years ago.

"I think it is great. I wish we could have seen more stuff like that when I was a kid," Bryant Smith said.

Sue was unearthed in South Dakota. Casts were made of the actual fossils, which are now located in a Chicago museum.

"When she was discovered in 1990 she was the most complete and largest T. rex ever discovered," said Rebecca Haynes, a science educator at the Montshire Museum.

A title Sue still holds.

The Montshire was shut down for three days while Sue was pieced together. Her skeleton consists of more than 250 bones. She is about 40-feet long, 14-feet tall and would have weighed around 7 tons.

Crowds are stopping in by the busload to get a look at the prehistoric creature.

"A wonderful way to talk about paleontology, to talk about fossils, to talk about how something goes from a rock in the ground to something in such a lively dynamic, going-to-eat-you pose," Haynes said.

And getting this close to razor sharp teeth, along with the other interactive aspects of the exhibit, is something these kids cannot get in a book.

"I think the difference is you actually get to experience seeing it," Maddie said.

"You can learn a lot about what was like before people," Piper said.

This is the first time Sue has been in northern New England and she plans to stay for a while. All you carnivore lovers have until Sept. 7 to swing by and check her out. Click here for more on the exhibit.

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