Warning for some seriously freaky stuff here, guys.
Hoooo boy. Submechanophobic folks, give this one a pass. Seriously, I’m tempted to stick this under a readmore, but no one would see it.
At the Sturt Reserve in Murray Bridge, Australia, lurks Bert the Bunyip. He is a coin-operated animatronic that rises up from underwater. Here’s footage of him from four weeks ago, showing his unpleasant aging.
There are plenty of videos of him online before he came to this condition. Here’s a video of him working optimally, though still showing cosmetic wear.
However, this is the friendlier renovation of Bert the Bunyip, implemented in 2000.
The original Bert was added in 1972, created by Dennis Newell. Viewer be warned, here is a photo of the original Bert from 1972.
I tried to warn you, I really did. I can’t look at the dang thing for more than a minute.
10 years after launch, Bert was given a baby to operate alongside him. The only photo of the baby is in bad quality, but by the looks of it, it’s for the best.
According to the official website, “The sound box has had many problems during its time… at one stage vandals somehow worked out how to jam it so it would continue to roar - often through all hours of the night. Then the Bunyip and baby were also vandalised and part was broken off. A quieter, more friendly looking bunyip was built and his cave was revamped in 2000.”
No known footage remains of the original Bert, nor his added baby a few years later, but again; perhaps some things are best left lost to time.
I’m not going swimming any time soon. :)
- Mod Rat