A GRANDMOTHER was shocked to discover a tiny egg inside an egg while she was tucking into her tea.
Janet Whincup, 61, of Little Northfields, Barnack, was dipping her soldiers into a boiled egg on Saturday when she noticed that something hard was preventing her from dunking her toast any further.
The mystery object turned out to be a miniature brown speckled egg, measuring about one inch in diameter, inside the larger egg.
Mrs Whincup, a mother-of-three and grandmother-of-six, said: “I had just got through to the first yoke with my soldiers when I hit something hard.
“I thought ‘oh that’s strange’ because the first yoke was soft and this second one was rock hard and try as I might I couldn’t break through it.
“At first I thought it could be a stone but my to my astonishment it turned out to be another egg.”
Mrs Whincup and her husband Perry, 68, regularly buy eggs from the Plant Eggs shop in Bainton because the eggs are larger and she normally gets a “double yolker”.
Mrs Whincup said she was “disgusted” by the find and decided to throw out the rest of the remaining large egg.
But she has decided to keep the small egg, which she described as being like a “pigeon’s egg”, as a memento.
Mrs Whincup said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found it.
“To be honest the whole episode has put me off eating boiled eggs but it’s left me very intrigued.
“I have never come across anything like this before and my friends and family are equally puzzled by it.
“For the past few days I’ve been trying to find out how rare this is. I’ve been on Google and put messages on Facebook.”
Mrs Whincup plans to take the tiny egg to Plant Eggs shop to show the owners her find.
A spokesman for the British Egg Information Service said that the phenomenon is very rare.
She said: “Finding an egg within another egg is very rare.
“The process is similar to double yolkers and is often caused by young hens whose reproductive systems are not fully developed.
“Sometimes eggs can get stuck in their ovaries and develop abnormalities before being laid.”
A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “This does sound like a very unusual discovery.
“We certainly have not been contacted about someone finding an egg within an egg before.”