VELMA the Velociraptor ‘escaped’ from Marwell Zoo to greet crowds at a Bournemouth shopping park.

The special pre-historic guest capped off Castlepoint’s ‘Shopping with Dinosaurs’ event, which has been a big hit during the Easter holidays.

She made four separate appearances throughout the day, posing for photos with children and adults alike. Velma has now returned to Marwell ready for their ‘Rise of the Dinosaurs’ event in May.

The zoo will be transformed into a Jurassic jungle and adventurers will be enthralled by animatronic dinosaurs that roar and spit at visitors.