Teacup Velociraptors

Beth: [age 10] “You know how in the Jurassic Park movies, how the scientists are always making bigger or meaner dinosaurs?”
Me: “Yeah?”
Beth: “What they really need to do is make tiny dinosaurs that people could buy as pets.”
Me: “Tiny? Like, dog-sized?”
Beth: “Like chihuahua-sized. Or smaller, like teacup chihuahuas. Even those velociraptors would be cute.”
Me: “You think there’s a market for teacup velociraptors?”
Beth: “Oh yeah. People would definitely buy those as pets.”
Me: “A lot of those dinosaurs were aggressive meat-eaters. You wouldn’t want people to get bitten.”
Beth: “But they’d be so small and cute.”
Me: “They could still hurt children, or babies.”
Beth: “Maybe you would have to keep them in a terrarium or something.”
Me: “I just don’t see a big corporation putting all that money into selling tiny animals.”
Beth: “I think they would actually make a lot of money. They could even make the underwater dinosaurs… I can’t remember their names…”
Me: “Like the plesiosaurus?”
Beth: “What’s that look like?”
Me: “Kind of what people imagine the Loch Ness Monster looks like. Vaguely like a brontosaurus with flippers instead of feet.”
Beth: “Yeah, that. People would definitely buy those to put in an aquarium, if they were tiny.”
Me: “I guess. But the movies are usually about how greedy corporations use technology irresponsibly, often for expensive military purposes.”
Beth: [shrugging] “I think they’ve got it all wrong. I bet you could sell a lot of teacup velociraptors to the public. They’d make more money and they wouldn’t have to worry about 20-foot-tall dinosaurs charging down the street.”
Me: “You should write to Spielberg with your idea. I’m sure he can still find something that would go terribly wrong. It would be Jurassic Park meets Gremlins.”
Beth: “Or… it could just be a happy story about a girl who wants a pet dinosaur.”
Me: “This whole conversation is because you want a puppy, isn’t it.”
Beth: “Maybe.”