A PHOTO SUPPOSEDLY TAKEN by a local wildlife enthusiast at William Lee Memorial Park may not be real, claim many of the village’s more competent photographers.
‘I can’t understand the backlash,’ said villager and now hobby photographer Norris Thetford, of Crookdole Lane, Calverton.
‘I don’t knock anyone for the brilliant and beautiful images of bumblebees and whatnot they post on Facebook. But do I get the same respect when I put up my snaps of a live velociraptor? No.’
Critics of Norris’ recent photographic contributions to local Facebook pages, which include so-called ‘live’ sightings of a dodo in some bushes near The Gleaners and Mothra the colossal sentient larva at a Parish Council meeting, say the authenticity of his work is questionable at best.
‘He’s ripped the velociraptor snap off the internet,’ said someone who knows something about photography.
‘It’s not unusual to see snarling, vicious creatures who look like they’ve not eaten for a month up at William Lee, but these are teenagers.
‘There’s no way Norris could have spotted, much less photographed, a dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the latter part of the Cretaceous Period last week in Calverton. His claims to have done so are clearly ridiculous.’
‘I had a witness. My wife Doris,’ said Norris.
‘But the dinosaur ate her.’