Terrified woman returns home to find mutant potatoes have invaded her kitchen
A WOMAN was “terrified” when she returned home to find mutant potatoes had invaded her kitchen.
Donna Porée, 22, discovered the alien-like spuds with metre-long tentacles after three months of lockdown with her boyfriend.
She bought the £2.25 (€2.50) bag of potatoes from a supermarket in March with the intention of cooking them for dinner.
But when lockdown restrictions were announced she fled her flat in Caen, France, to quarantine with her boyfriend, leaving the veg under a kitchen shelf.
On returning home three months later, she was horrified to find the bag had grown tentacles and spread itself across her small 22 sq. metre flat.
Communications manager Donna said: “As I opened the front door, I noticed a strange shape at the back of the kitchen.
“As the light was off and shutters down, I didn’t realise it was the potatoes.
“It was only after opening the shutters that I took note of this extraordinary sight.
“I was terrified at first, but after realising what it was I laughed a lot and shared a video of the plant on Snapchat.
“My friends couldn’t stop laughing. They found the whole situation unbelievable.”
The potato plant’s shoots had pierced through the seal attaching Donna’s kitchen worktops to the apartment’s wall.
She spent hours removing the runaway plant and shared photos online.
Her terrifying experience racked up 195,000 likes and more than 61,000 retweets.
And despite the saga, Donna has not been put off potatoes and will continue to cook them in the future.
She has even planted the off-cuts in her vegetable patch and hopes they regrow.
She said: “I wanted to extract the bag of potatoes from the counter-top seals, but it wasn’t easy.
“The shoots had fixed in place in the joints and were difficult to remove.
“I ended up having to cut some of the shoots out with scissors and I had to fill in the holes they made.
“I replanted the potatoes in my vegetable patch and today they’re growing once again.
“I’m eager to see what will come out of the ground.”
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