Doctor finds gecko inside chicken egg
An Australian doctor recently cracked open a chicken
egg and found a fully formed gecko inside.
"I crack eggs quite quickly and I put the eggs straight in the rubbish,
right next to me. So I looked down at the egg that I'd cracked and, lo and
behold, there's a squashed, semi-skelitalised gecko curved around inside the
egg. And it had clearly been there for quite some time and in fact it has to
have been incorporated in the egg when it was being made inside the chook," said
As Northern Territory president of the Australian Medical Association, ABC
reports that Beaumont knows about anatomy. He says that it's not really that
surprising that a lizard or gecko could find its way into a chicken egg.
"When you understand how eggs are made inside the chook, you understand
that the eggs are made in a potential communication with the outside world," he
says. Beaumont says the egg-making organ is basically a long tube and the egg
starts off as a little yolk which builds up more and more until eventually the
shell forms around the contents.
"I think the gecko had to have climbed up inside this opening in the chook
and died up inside there and become incorporated into the egg as it was being
made," he continued.
Possible link to salmonella
Dr Beaumont believes the tiny gecko may shed light on one how salmonella
bacteria can find its way into an egg. "I used to always wonder how these germs
could get right inside the eggs," he said, adding, "Well now this is one way
that those germs could get there because we know that lizards can carry
salmonella and maybe this happens more often than you know."
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