ABILENE (CBSDFW/AP) – A Texas woman who discovered an egg the size of a baseball in her chicken coop was even more surprised by what she found when she cracked it open: another full egg.
Cookie Smith of Abilene found what she calls the “mutant super egg” in her three-hen, two-nest coop earlier this week.READ MORE: Jake Ellzey Defeats Susan Wright In Runoff Special Election For Texas' 6th Congressional District Seat
“I just died laughing when I saw it,” she said. “I brought it in to show (husband) Leonard, and he just said, ‘Bless her heart.”‘
It was an inch longer and three times heavier than a normal egg. Smith initially took pictures of the egg and showed photos to her co-workers at an Abilene hospital.
“One of the doctors said he’s nearly 80 years old and he’d never seen anything like it,” she said.READ MORE: 2 People Killed In Chemical Incident At Plant Near Houston
She cracked it open only after Abilene Reporter-News photographer Greg Kendall-Ball accompanied her home. When she cracked open the enormous egg, inside was a large yolk — and another intact normal-sized egg.
Smith said the eggs may have been OK to eat, but she opted to pass.
According to a web video by the National History Museum in the United Kingdom, such a “double egg” is relatively rare. One forms when “unusual contractions” force a developing egg traveling down an oviduct back into the ovary. There, it is surrounded by another egg, with the concentric eggs being delivered as one.
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