Is it a dinosaur, a dragon or a giant chicken? Huge egg at Gorleston school has youngsters baffled
- Credit: Nick Butcher
The arrival of a giant nest and a mystery egg has baffled pupils at a Gorleston school - who have suggested it could be the handiwork of a giant chicken, or even a dinosaur.
Youngsters at Wroughton Infant School have been investigating the strange objects since they arrived on their playing field a few days ago, and excitement is building as to what kind of creature could be growing inside the smooth, white egg.
The pupils were given their first clue that something was afoot when they arrived for class to find the playground strewn with sticks, leaves and straw - mmmmm, perfect nest building material.
Arriving the next day they found the large nest had been built on the playing field and just a few hours later the gigantic egg appeared on the comfy-looking bed of straw.
Since then the youngsters have been keeping a close eye on its progress at break times, while hunting for clues as to who, or what, could have left it.
Head of school Jennie Muller said the odd arrival had captured the children’s interest and imagination, and they have been researching animals that lay eggs, and hatch from them, to help solve the riddle of what could be inside.
Mrs Muller said: “They’re so excited all of them, and so enthusiastic. They’re really concerned about looking after it.
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“We have had suggestions from it being a dinosaur to a dragon, and in reception some of them think it’s a giant chicken, and one thought it would be chicken twins.”
When the egg first arrived pupils called police who helped investigate the scene and sealed off the nest for them. Next week they are due a visit from an investigator from the National Museum of Strange Objects, who are particularly interested in the unusual find.
The children are now busy putting together written reports with eyewitness accounts and photos to present to the museum official.
Youngsters from the school’s news team will interview the investigator and have put together a short film of the nest scene, at the Beccles Road school.
And the curious find has also caught the attention of Great Yarmouth-born TV presenter and wildlife expert Ben Garrod. After seeing the story on the Mercury’s Twitter feed he tweeted: “Hey @Nat_SCA [Natural Sciences Collection Association] - we need to speak to this Nat Museum of Strange Objects in my hometown newspaper.”
For now, mystery still surrounds the egg but news of what creature might hatch from it is hoped to arrive in the coming weeks.
We’ll let readers know... watch this space.