My Pet Dinosaur

With one fateful collision 65 millions years ago the dinosaurs’ luck was up. They were enjoying their global reign when a massive meteorite struck the Earth, setting off a series of events that ultimately spelled extinction for the dinosaurs. But were dinosaurs just in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Premiering Sat., July 26 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT during Animal Planet’s month-long freeview*, My Pet Dinosaur is a one-hour special that asks “what if the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs had missed?”

In a dino-obessed world where children grow up admiring the biggest baddest beasts that roamed the globe, My Pet Dinosaur dares to imagine a world where dinosaurs are not just curiosities dug up from the ground, but are in fact living breathing everyday creatures populating our world today.

Filled with eye-popping CGI and engaging expert opinions, this amusing special illustrates the great success of the dinosaur species in the cretaceous period in effort to demonstrate that if the meteorite hadn’t hit, having dinos in the 21st century would not be that unlikely.

By analyzing cross-sections of fossilized bone fragments, scientists are learning more about dinosaur life from the inside out. Discoveries indicate a fast growth rate on par with modern warm blooded mammals and birds, meaning dinosaurs were highly adaptable and could have had a decent shot at existing today were it not for that fateful meteorite.

My Pet Dinosaur takes this research and runs wild with the possibilities: would humans keep dinosaurs as pets? Would dad carve up a serapod steak instead of a veal chop at the summer barbeque? Would troadons be urbanized scavengers like raccoons? Would triceratops be used for farming? Witness a world where history is re-written and dinosaurs are domesticated in My Pet Dinosaur.