The Australian Egg Corporation has expressed surprise at the discovery of a gecko inside a chicken egg.
Darwin doctor Peter Beaumont was cooking dinner when he cracked open the egg and found the dead gecko inside the shell.
Health authorities say the discovery is nothing to be alarmed about and it is being examined at a laboratory.
The research and development program manager with the Egg Corporation, David Witcombe, says he has never heard of such a case before.
“Certainly the gecko wouldn’t have been ingested by the bird. It would be physically impossible for it to make its way from the digestive tract into the area where the egg’s formed. So it’s a case of the gecko actually making its way through the cloaca of the bird and onto the developing egg.”
The doctor, who happens to be president of the NT branch of the AMA, has postulated that this may be a salmonella breakthrough. Many reptiles carry salmonella in their guts. Perhaps there’s an epidemic of geckos taking refuge in cloacas, spreading salmonella that way.
Salmonella levels are much higher in battery farmed chickens than in free range chickens. Perhaps the caged hens are more prone to reptilian intrusions, unable to escape or fight back. Poor things. Go organic/free range if you eat eggs, mmkay?
Must get around to planning that chook pen.