Hyde Park is awash in dinosaurs

To the Editor:

I wonder if Dr. Paul Soreno is aware of the remarkable group of dinosaurs that have been active in Hyde Park this past summer and early autumn? All seem to fall under the genus, Chicago Water Management. On Dorchester Avenue, where I live, there has been a large creature with a white body and long, orange, neck of the species Link-Belt. At the end of its neck is a bucket-like feature with formidable teeth with which the creature bites trenches in the ground, and gulps great mouthfuls of dirt. Another large animal, is yellow, and has the figures JCB on its sides. It seems to consort with Link-Belt, pushing around piles of dirt and gravel, sometimes filling up the trenches. Both Link-Belt and JCB have a technique of wrapping straps around long, hollow, cylinders and lowering them into the trenches (egg laying?) There is a giant, blue, slug-like creature named MAC Freightliner that tends to position itself just in front of Link-Belt, apparently in order to be fed massive amounts of sand and dirt. How it digests these meals I do not know. A few days ago, Link-Belt, possibly in a rage, violently and noisily attacked a fire hydrant in front of my neighbor’s house. It banged the hydrant about, and eventually plucked it out of the ground, demonstrating tremendous strength. A much smaller creature is Bobcat, which has four round feet, and darts about like a raptor. It pushes dirt and gravel here and there, and sometimes picks up and moves large steel plates over the trenches (nest building?) All of these creatures seem out of their paleontological time-period, and deserving of careful, scientific, study. Dr. Soreno might make a film about them, titling it, “The Dinosaurs of Hyde Park.”

Bradford Lyttle