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Family Who Found Newt Hiding In Aldi Celery Have Adopted It

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Family Who Found Newt Hiding In Aldi Celery Have Adopted It

When most people find a creepy crawly in their salad, they take a picture and tell their local newspaper about how disgusted they are.

Phillip Caterer-Stentiford is different - when he found a newt hiding in his supermarket celery, instead of freaking out he adopted the little guy.

When 41-year-old Phillip discovered the little brown creature, it was hiding in the vegetable from Aldi before tumbling onto his kitchen worktop as he pulled stalks from a bunch.

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As the creature made a speedy break for freedom, he scooped it up and popped it in an old hamster tank in his lounge.

Philip, wife Karen, 41, and son Archie, four, named the mini beast Larry the lizard, but revised the name to Nigella the newt after some online research. Very wise, guys.

Oh and the celery - which cost 84p - is now in the tank with Nigella.

Nigella the newt. Credit: SWNS
Nigella the newt. Credit: SWNS
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Philip said he's happily fostering the common newt until the animal is properly identified, so he knows where to release it safely.

He hopes to give the two-inch animal a forever home in a woodland area with a natural pond near the family home in South Croydon.

The building supplies worker said: "It was a huge shock, and also a bit of a concern because we'd had some of the celery earlier in the week.

"We felt worried for the animal too."

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He went on to add: "It had been stuck in our fridge for six days, and in the shop before that, and had been transported from the farm.

"That's a long time to be refrigerated.

"It's exciting too. You really do get attached to things, and Archie thinks it's very cool!"

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Philip and storage-manager Karen have put a book on top of the tank to prevent pet cats Gin, Tonic (nice), Mohawk and Brutus trying to visit Nigella.

You might well lick your lips. Credit: SWNS
You might well lick your lips. Credit: SWNS

The celery was bought as part of the family shop on 9 August at the Aldi store in Selsdon, south Croydon, and the newt was found on 14 August.

Philip said Aldi offered a £15 ($20) voucher and for the RSPCA to collect the creature.

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An Aldi spokesperson said: "Whilst extremely rare, this can occasionally occur with products that are grown in natural conditions.

"We have apologised to Mr Caterer-Stentiford that this product didn't meet our usual high standards and we have offered a full refund."

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Topics: Aldi, Food, UK Community, Community, UK, Animals

Rebecca Shepherd
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