Squashed Gecko in the News!

My next real blog post is running long (as usual) so I’m editing it and will turn it into a two-parter. In the meantime though, wanted to share this actual news item that appeared recently involving a hapless gecko. Alas, its demise was not caused by the Swinging Door of Fate, but death by baking. Here’s the photo and article:

New meaning for ‘high protein’ loaf

February 25 2011 at 11:39am
By Tarryn Solomons

A Cape Town man has an awful TAIL to tell after he found a dead gecko baked into his bread.

Yusuf Moses, 62, says he sent his daughter’s boyfriend to JP’s tuck shop in Belhar to buy bread.

Luckily, before they started eating it, he spotted the little sliced up lizard in the slices of bread.

Yusuf says his daughter, who had left for work by then, would have made sandwiches with the loaf.

“On Wednesday morning, when I saw the bread was still neatly wrapped and not eaten, I knew something’s not lekker,” he said.

“I saw the (paws) of this black thing and realised it was actually a lizard baked into the bread.

“When I opened the plastic, I saw this really was a little dead animal.

“I was so (angry) because imagine if my pregnant daughter ate the bread? She would’ve gotten sick.

“I immediately went to JP’s tuck shop and showed the shop employer what they were selling.

“When I told them I’m going to the papers, they gave me the bakery’s number.”

Yusuf says he called Kwick Bake Bakery in Bellville South, but did not confront them.

He says he merely confirmed that they had supplied the bread.

Yusuf then approached the Daily Voice with his loaf and caused a stir among curious staff.

The Daily Voice called the bakery and manager Ebrahiem Ebrahiem acknowledged its mistake.

“The lizard could have been in the flour before it was mixed,” he says.

“These things can happen and it is not impossible.

“Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so there is no point in getting upset.” – Daily Voice

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  1. Isn’t it wonderful to hear a common sense response like “Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so there’s no point in getting upset.”? That sure wouldn’t happen in the USA.
    I’ll light a candle on my altar for the deceased, to help his little gecko soul ascend to that great bakery in the sky.


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