Have you seen the missing 23ft orange dinosaur? Probably not...

I mean, he doesn

I mean, he doesn't look that real does he? (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)

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The task: find a 23-foot-tall bright orange dinosaur stolen from outside a cafe. The reward: a full English breakfast.

An advert appeared in the Metro newspaper yesterday advertsiing the 'lost' dinosaur (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)An advert appeared in the Metro newspaper yesterday advertsiing the 'lost' dinosaur (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)

But you can probably call off Dog the Bounty Hunter from the search, as this is almost definitely a hoax. But why?

Erm, not sure.

An advert appeared in the Metro yesterday saying: “MISSING. 23ft ORANGE DINOSAUR.

“My café is suffering and my dog’s depressed.

The 'website' for the diner has a rather unconvincing picture and a vague address (Picture: Roy's Dino Diner)The 'website' for the diner has a rather unconvincing picture and a vague address (Picture: Roy's Dino Diner)

“If you stole my dinosaur put him back – he hasn’t walked off on his own.

“Reward – free full English.”

The advert finished with a mobile phone number and a link to a Facebook page, which has a poster and a picture of where the massive beast supposedly used to stand.

But it doesn’t add up.

A poster has been created to help find the 23ft orange beast (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)A poster has been created to help find the 23ft orange beast (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)

Posts by ‘Roxy’ on the site say the dinosaur was taken from outside her dad’s cafe, called Roy’s Dino Diner.

It has a sparse website, no contact details and only the vague address ‘visit us near Epping on the B1393’ next to pictures of a photoshopped diner, a large breakfast and dinosaur-shaped nuggets.

Oh, it handily also says: “Look out for the Orange Dinosaur.”

There is no mention of the business anywhere on the internet, which you think a diner in Epping with a massive orange dinosaur might do, and the pictures are clearly all faked.

A picture of the supposed ground the dinosaur was stood on was posted to the Facebook page (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)A picture of the supposed ground the dinosaur was stood on was posted to the Facebook page (Picture: Facebook/RoyTheDino)

An update appeared later with a ‘picture’ of it, saying: “A 23ft dinosaur has got to be pretty hard to hide, right? Someone must have seen him?!”

When we rang the number listed all we got was a voicemail asking anyone with information on Roy the dinosaur to leave a message.

Why is this person doing this? No seriously, please tell us if you know.

Disclaimer: If there really is a Roy’s Dino Diner in Epping, and the owner’s dog is depressed because a 23ft dinosaur has been stolen, then we are very sorry for doubting you, and we’d love to come and try your ‘Jurassic bites’