We have found an egg at school. It is 60cm long and 45cm wide, it is bumpy rough and it has brown speckles and is a creamy colour.
When we felt it with our hands, it was warmer on the top than on the bottom, and at the bottom was quite cold.
When we listened to the egg, we could hear scratches, tapping, clicking, popping and swishing.
Can you help us identify what sort of egg it is?
Rickley Park Primary School.
I forgot to say, I think it is a melon which someone has covered with some kind of plaster. If you split it open you will find out. I am sure it is not a real egg. There is no creature that has ever layed eggs as big as that. When I was younger our school played a prank on us. They sent the police in and they had this melon, identical to yours which they said was from an alien, but everyone knew aliens don't live on the earth, so no one believed them. The police obviously knew they were doing a prank. Yours is either a melon or a pumpkin which is covered in some kind of plaster, presumably made by someone who liked to make something artistic.
Sorry, I have just noticed something else. The nest is made up of sawdust and some other straw which has been harvested by man. Was it found in the playground?... If it is I think your teacher has done it as a joke. I've looked again at the shape and I can see the melon shape. Please reply if your teacher admits it was a joke.
I think the best way to tell is to crack it open, then you will be Able to see if it has an embryo. I specialise in fossils, but I have been researching it. The biggest bird ever was the elephant bird, which had 100cm eggs, but it is now extinct. The biggest modern bird is an ostrich egg, but it only has 20cm eggs, which is why I think it is a man made object. Also I can see it is made up of plaster or something like that. Hopefully a museum ID member will give their opinion.
You're probably quite correct, Wortmaggot. We don't get many in Scotland and I have never seen a real one.
I think the children will have wait to see if it hatches to find out for sure.
Maybe one of the museum ID team will know? I'm looking forward to finding out too