One Easter delight that will not leave egg on your face
HERE is an Easter Egg that will take some beating. Hong Kong's wealthier dinosaur devotees have the chance this weekend to indulge their prehistoric passions - and celebrate the traditions of the season - with a 100-million-year-old dinosaur egg of their very own.
The fossilised egg, advertised in today's Trading Post for $2,000, was laid by a sauropod - one of a vegetarian breed of dinosaurs which once roamed the Earth in herds.
It was discovered in Henan province ''deep in the 'boonies' of China'', said Anna Leung, the egg's current owner.
According to dinosaur-egg lore, a peasant was ploughing his field when he happened upon what appeared to be an unusually round stone.
Puzzled, he tucked it away for posterity.
Years later, a Westerner passed through the village and saw the farmer's discovery.
He knew what it was, and bought it ''for a really low price''.
As word of the purchase spread, excitement rippled through the village.
Soon, farmers from all over the area were clawing the earth in search of the mysterious stones.
As interest in the eggs mounted, networks were woven to smuggle the national treasures safely across the Chinese border.
All that came to an end late last year.
''Some people were caught trying to sneak one over the border,'' Ms Leung said. ''They were put in jail for about 15 years. After that, no one was willing to risk it.'' And in December, signs were put up at the border telling guards to be on the lookout for concealed dinosaur eggs, she added.
But who is buying these eggs? ''Those who can afford them,'' Ms Leung said.
She claimed she originally bought the egg ''out of awe''.
''When you're holding a 100-million-year-old egg in your hand, it emits a certain vibration,'' she said.
''It's got an energy that's palpable.'' One in a thousand such eggs contain a fossilised dinosaur embryo.
According to Ms Leung, these embryos push the asking price for the egg up to more than US$400,000 (HK$3 million).
There is just one catch - you need a CAT (Computer-Aided Testing) scan to find out if your egg is one of the lucky ones.