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A shopper was left surprised after a quail egg she bought from Waitrose hatched.
Surrey woman Mandy Clayton, 49, said one of the eggs that didn't make it into her salad ended up as a family pet called Rose.
Mother-of-six Mrs Clayton said: "I'd bought a dozen quails' eggs for a barbecue, and had four left over from the salad, so I just put them in the incubator to see what would happen.
"I know they were free range eggs, but I really didn’t expect one to hatch. It was in there 16 days in all."
Waitrose said the strong trading period was driven by growth in online groceries sales, which rose by more than a third in the five weeks to Christmas Eve compared with the same period in 2012.
It said that 619,000 people used their click and collect service in the same five-week period.
Waitrose says it has seen its most successful Christmas on record after sales for the twelve trading days up to December 31 were up 6.5% on last year.
Total sales for the five weeks up to Christmas Eve was 5.4% above the same period in 2012.
It said it also recorded its most successful single day of trading ever after taking £51m on Monday December 23.