QINHUANGDAO, CHINA — A Chinese farmer cracked open an unusually large chicken’s egg to discover its bizarre contents — a second fully-formed egg inside it.
The Qinhuangdao farmer said one of his chickens recently laid a pair of huge eggs and he decided to crack one of them on camera to determine its contents.
The video shows farmer cracks the large egg to reveal a yolk, the egg white and a second fully-formed egg.
“I’ve never seen an egg within another egg in more than 60 years of farming,” he told CCTV News.
Experts said the phenomenon occurs when a second egg begins to form inside the chicken while her body is already in the process of producing an egg.
The unusual occurrence is called a counter-peristalsis contraction.
While the instance is extremely rare, it’s caused when the hen is in the process of forming an egg in her oviduct and another oocyte – the ovum or egg cell that becomes the yolk of the egg – is released too soon.
According to Back Yard Poultry Mag, a hen releases an oocyte from her left ovary into her oviduct every 18 to 26 hours.
Usually, the oocyte travels down the oviduct, adding layers of the egg until it’s laid through the hen’s vent.
But in a counter-peristalsis contraction, a second oocyte is released by the ovary before the first egg has completed its journey.
When the second oocyte’s released, the first is in the eggshell-gland portion of the oviduct, were the shell is made.
Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days
KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.
Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.
Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.
Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.
According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.Follow @gorkhapost