HOUSTON - Bye bye for now, Dipsy.
The de-installation of the Houston Museum of Natural Science s famed Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton, nicknamed Dipsy, began on Tuesday.
In a press release to the media, museum officials said Dipsy was the very first dinosaur to ever be put on display in all of Houston.
She made her debut to the public in November 1975.
Moving the dinosaur is a bittersweet task, said David Temple, Associate Curator of Paleontology. For more than two generations it has been the first thing visitors saw upon entering the Museum. It is an object of beauty that inspires, and 'Dipsy' serves as Houston s ambassador to science and discovery.
Dipsy has always been a favorite among museum patrons. Linda Morris s grandson was amazed.
We walked in and he jumped out of the seat and said Grandma, dinosaurs, and I said Yes, Morris said.
On the museum s Facebook page, staff quickly calmed fans' fears that Dipsy was gone for good, however:
Our darling Diplodocus Dipsy leaves the Glassell Hall during the week of September 1st, 2013. She'll be taking a long, well-deserved vacation before permanently relocating in the new Morian Hall of Paleontology.