300-year-old egg the largest in the world

Posted on 11:41 AM by Sameer Shah

A 300-year-old giant egg measuring more than three feet in circumference has gone up for sale today with a £5,000 sale tag.

The egg, which is larger than a rugby ball, is probably the biggest in the world and was laid by the Great Elephant Bird of Madagascar.

The egg belongs to antique dealer John Shepherd, of Ashford, Kent, who said he was delighted to be selling it at autcion.
The 48-year-old bought the egg after seeing David Attenborough discover one while filming in Madagascar.

The egg would have contained the chick of a baby Great Elephant Bird but is now hollow after being broken and pieced back together.

Mr Shepherd, a trained palaeontologist who has owned the egg for a year, said: 'I like fossils so it ticks all my boxes.

'The egg is a talking point. It's very eye-catching and it has a wonderful simplicity about it. The egg has a great social history.'

The Madagascan Elephant Bird was the only giant bird to exist with man who ultimately caused its extinction.

'It's nice to be able to show children today about environmental issues that have been going on for hundreds of years,' Mr Shepherd said.

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