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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Unexpected item in bagging area

A BABY grasshopper has been discovered in a Whitehaven worker’s bag of Tesco mixed leaves – and she’s keeping it as a pet.

By Sarah Robinson

Animal-lover Julie Cass has vowed to look after the critter after it jumped from lettuce on her 11-year-old son’s plate.

She has named the little fella Tes after the supermarket she bought him from. “I’m thinking about calling him a Tesco Extra,” she jokes.

Her family discovered Tes after dishing out their tea one evening last week.

Julie said: “My husband put the lettuce out on the plates for my two sons. The lettuce moved on my 11-year-old’s plate and then jumped out onto the table!”

She said the family popped the insect into a plastic container with air holes, where he has been in safe keeping ever since. They are feeding him leaves and water from a sponge.

Julie, who works at Akitts on Lowther Street, said: “It’s just the fact that it’s still alive. It makes me think where was this fella packed? I know the leaves were packed in this country but I’m not sure how long he was in there for.”

After taking him to Millcroft Vets and the Pets at Home, the family was told Tes could be a young locust or grasshopper, which are the same in appearance but differ in behaviour.

Julie has also taken Tes to the store where her food delivery, which included the bag of family-sized bag of mixed baby leaves, was delivered from. Investigations are now under way.

Have your say

Its not a 'baby', its a small adult grasshopper it has wings, the immature nymps don't

Posted by Bev Wallace on 27 April 2014 at 15:00

Every little helps i say!! lol

Posted by cheryl on 10 April 2014 at 15:30

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