Mouse found in Christmas crackerWoman found it after pulling cracker, report says

27 December 2007

Bad jokes and paper hats are standard in the average Christmas cracker, but one New Zealand woman found a revolting extra in hers - a dead mouse.

Betty Lawrence was sharing Christmas crackers with her family in the South Island city of Invercargill shortly after Christmas dinner when a dead, decaying mouse was found in one, the Southland Times newspaper said.

'I had said to my granddaughter, "What's that smell?" and we couldn't work it out until we pulled the cracker,' Ms Lawrence said.

'My niece started pulling it out, thinking it was a soft toy,' she said. 'It ruined my appetite for the rest of the day.'

The Indonesia-manufactured crackers, branded Mayfaire, were part of a hamper supplied by nationwide supermarket operator New World.

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