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Raptor Prank Video of Chased Japanese Office Workers Goes Viral

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 08:30 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A raptor prank played in a Japanese office building and caught on video has taken the online world by storm as more than a million peopple have clicked in to watch a hungry dinosaur chasing terrified workers down hallways.

The clip was uploaded to YouTube by a Japanese version of the U.S. television show  "Pranked" and has an inset showing the reactions of the people who set up the prank, according to TVNZ, New Zealand's national television broadcaster. More than a million people have already viewed the video, reported Examiner.com.

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In one clip, a man walks down an empty hallway. There is a scream and several co-workers run through an adjacent hallway. Moments later, a Velociraptor emerges around the corner and begins pursuing the man who falls down, then gets back up, then scurries down the hall.

The raptor used in the Japanese prank video mirrored the Hollywood version of the prehistoric beast, standing at least nine feet tall and with a face more like a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

In reality, raptors were bird-like dinosaur about the size of a large chicken, weighing some 30 pounds and standing just one and a half feet high. They did, however, have a long body which measured nearly seven feet, including their tails.

Extinct for 70 million years, the raptor's notoriety in pop culture as a fierce, deadly predator stems largely from Steven Spielberg's blockbuster 1993 film "Jurassic Park," in which a pack of Velociraptors played the film's lead villains.

In another clip, a woman is walking down a long empty hallway when she is startled by a scream and a group of co-workers race by her with a raptor on their tails. First she tries to hide behind a tall plant, then she races down the hall and falls to the floor, screaming  as the raptor sniffs her. Its head alone is about half the size of her body.

Seeming to realize that it is a prank, the girl takes a sigh of relief and says in English, "Oh my God."

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