Emu eggs may be rather an unusual delicacy but what's more even surprising is one intended for the dinner table hatches.
Osborne the emu emerged from the shell after the egg was bought as a novelty food item.
Gillian Stone, 47, from Bexhill, Sussex, who breeds chickens, bought three large green emu eggs from a farm while on holiday in the the Isle of Wight.
Lucky escape: Gillian Stone, 47, saved Osborne from the dinner table
On returning home she decided to put them in an incubator in her kitchen to see what happened.
Two turned out to be infertile, but after 52 days little Osborne hatched.
He needed to be hand fed at first, but at nine days old he is now thriving and Ms Stone is hoping to get him a mate.
Surprise: Osborne with part of the egg he hatched from
We decided to risk putting the eggs in the incubator and, after a little bit of help Osborne arrived,' she said.
'He was destined to be an omelette but now he's an emu.'
Osborne will grow to over 6ft tall and will soon move from Ms Stone's home to her smallholding nearby.
The incubator that hatched Osborne the baby emu
Family friend Jenny Cosham said nothing Ms Stone did surprised her.
'She turns up with all sorts of things,' she said.
'We've had chicks, we've had lambs, we've had all sorts - there was even a duck in the shower once.'
Emu eggs weigh around 1lb 4oz - 12 times the size of a chicken's egg. They can be eaten fried, scrambled or baked.
Osborne the baby emu runs past an unhatched emu egg
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