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Published 04/02/2011 | 05:00

Caroline and Adrian Sheehan from Crohane, Killarney, Co Kerry, show off their egg inside an egg, known as an 'ovum in ovo', which they say has a one in four million chance of happening
Caroline and Adrian Sheehan from Crohane, Killarney, Co Kerry, show off their egg inside an egg, known as an 'ovum in ovo', which they say has a one in four million chance of happening

IT'S no yolk to find something unexpected inside your breakfast egg.

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And one man found a very rare phenomenon -- another egg inside his egg.

When Adrian Sheehan collected the eggs one morning last week he found one of his three hens had laid an unusually large egg.

"At first I thought it was just unusually big and I was going to eat it,'' said Mr Sheehan who keeps a "backyard flock" of Cuckoo Marans at his home near Killarney, Co Kerry.

"But when I peeled back the shell, I found a second egg inside.

"Anyone I showed it to was amazed and had never seen anything like it.

"You'd sometimes come across two yolks in the one shell but I had never heard of anything like this before."

The phenomena known as 'ovum in ovo' or 'egg in an egg' is rare -- a one in a four million chance -- but has been documented in New Zealand, Texas and in Somerset in the UK in 2009.

Mr Sheehan plans to preserve the shells that have caused such a stir.

"They have examples of it in museums. It's even thought to be a symbol of good luck in China so maybe the politicians will want a rub off it," he said.

Irish Independent

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