An alien encounter at a rural primary school had pupils calling in the Army for back up.
Schoolchildren at Weeton Primary School were helped by military medics when they discovered a bizarre giant egg in their school grounds.
The soldiers were more than happy to help youngsters at the school in Weeton Army Barracks – and it was all part of an exciting exercise, of course.
Teachers have used the egg’s appearance to make maths and science classes fun, as well as encouraging youngsters to write about its discovery.
Encouraged by teachers, the school’s Year Two children were out exploring ‘dragon footprints’ in the school field when they discovered the giant egg, a white shell covered in small brown spots, on a bed of sticks.
Hearing the news the Year Three class quickly went out to measure the egg during a maths class, finding it to be 70cm long.
And Year Four pupils pitched in to X-ray the egg for a science class - with many hoping it is a dragon, dinosaur or unicorn - but this has so far proved inconclusive.
Now the Army have removed the “suspect package” and classes are waiting for Army personnel to report back on the egg’s origin and contents.
Headteacher Anthony Goth said: “The strange egg was found in the Woodland Walk.
“A week of investigations followed, trying to identify the egg, guess what was inside, and plan for the hatching.
“On Friday, the Army medics were called in to help as the egg changed colour.
“Soldiers decided to transport the egg to a secure location on the army barracks to ‘protect’ the children.
“Now the children are eagerly waiting for news from the Army when it hatches.”