World’s largest egg on sale in London


An egg laid by a Great Elephant Bird around 400 years ago has gone on sale for £5,000 ($7,300).

Before becoming extinct in the 17th century, the flightless creature was the world’s largest bird, standing 10ft tall and weighing half a ton.

The egg, thought to be one of the biggest in the world, is bigger than a rugby ball and has a circumference of more than three feet. It was discovered by Victorian explorers and has since been held in private collections.

John Shepherd, an antiques dealer, has placed the egg on sale at the Chelsea Antiques Fair in London.

“The egg has a great social history,” Shepherd said. “The Madagascan Elephant Bird was the only giant bird to exist with man and man 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.”

The fair is on until March 29.

[Via Mail Online]