Teen stuck inside giant Barney dinosaur head is freed by firefighters

15-year-old Darby Risner of Trussville, Alabama, got stuck in a giant Barney dinosaur head on Sunday night, when she found the purple prop at her friend's house.

Young miss Risner told ABC News she wanted to scare her friends with it when they came downstairs, but the prank turned into something unexpected when she failed to remove herself from the dinosaur's fuzzy purple cranium.


"All the girls started trying to pull it off, but it wasn't budging," Risner told ABC. "I started getting a little claustrophobic and felt like it was kind of closing in."

Her friends tried rubbing Vaseline on her arms, which allowed the head to move up a bit, but it wouldn't come off.

One of Risner's friends was dating a young man who worked at the local Trussville Fire Department, so they called to ask for help. Risner's mom drove the girl there, to avoid adding to the insanity with flashing lights and sirens. The firefighters freed her.


"It was definitely amusing, but of course, we had to take it seriously, too," Bruno said, explaining that he and his fellow firefighters tried to pull off the head a few times but failed.

They made a few "release cuts" into the head, which was constructed out of fiberglass. The cuts then allowed them to "slide it right off," Bruno told ABC.


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