Giant egg mystery turns out to be joke

CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - December 2, 2009

Days after Sherman Farley found a giant egg while hunting in central West Virginia near Clendenin, another man has admitted planting it in the woods as a joke.

Herbert Herold says he got the ostrich egg from Benedict Haid Farm, about three miles from where Farley found it. Herold left it in the woods, hoping his brother Bill, who was hunting nearby, would find it.

But Farley found it first, and the 4.5-pound egg with a diameter of 18 inches had wildlife experts puzzled.

Farley's wife, Rosie, has emptied and bleached the egg, which now sits on her kitchen counter.

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