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AIRLINE SUED TO SHELL OUT FOR BROKEN OSTRICH EGGS

Continental Airlines is being sued for allegedly scrambling 108 ostrich eggs.

The football-size eggs were shipped from Texas to Utah in 18 boxes marked fragile. They arrived at David and Donna Schmidt's ostrich farm dented and leaking, Mrs. Schmidt said.

Six eggs were broken, and the yolk and the white had mixed together in about 80 other eggs, she said. Only six eggs could be hatched, according to a lawsuit the Schmidts filed this week in U.S. District Court.

Continental offered to pay for one egg discovered broken by an agent when the cargo arrived, the Schmidts said. The airline refused to pay for damage discovered when the boxes were unpacked, they said.

Continental's corporate communications office had no comment.

The Schmidts are asking the airline for $18,360, which they say is the value of the damaged eggs. They also are seeking $148,000 for the estimated value of the chicks, which would now be about 6 months old.

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