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Photo of Paro Paro

It is difficult to imagine how the islanders moved such a large statue from the quarry four miles (six kilometers) away; Paro is the island's largest transported moai. Lying face down, toppled from its ahu, Paro weighs 82 tons and is 32.45 feet (9.89 meters) long. Some theorists estimate it could have taken four to five hundred people to move Paro. Paro's pukao alone is almost six feet (two meters) across, 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) high, and weighs 11.5 tons.

Paro with woman examining, for scale

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Photos: Liesl Clark

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