STEVEN Marriott, from West Bridgford, in Nottingham claims he has found the world's biggest Bran Flake and plans to set it on eBay for £1,000.

A Daily Mail article reports that Steven wondered why nothing was coming out when he opened the new box for nine-year-old son Oscar and discovered that a massive single bran flake - measuring six by four inches - was blocking the inner bag of the Kellogg's cereal.

Steven commented: “We've still got the flake and we're considering putting it on eBay. Apparently an over-sized cornflake was sold for more than £1,000 a few years ago so you never know.”

The number of people seeing a hedgehog in their garden is on the decline, according to the Daily Mirror.

They have examined a survey carried out for BBC Gardeners' World Magazine which showed that less than half of those questioned have spotted a hedgehog in their garden in the past year.

Fifty one per cent had not seen a hedgehog at all, whilst over 48 per cent reported a total absence in last year's poll.

However the survey suggests people are keen to save the hedgehog, which feeds on pests such as caterpillars and slugs, with the majority (60 per cent) taking action to help its plight such as avoiding using slug pellets or leaving leaves and twigs for shelter.

The hedgehog has suffered serious long term decline and continues to see its numbers drop, with populations thought to have fallen by 30 per cent since 2003 to less than a million in the UK - down from estimated populations of 36 million in the 1950s.

New research claims that first-born children get more mental stimulation from parents.

The Guardian says that the research by the University of Edinburgh found that while parents give all their children the same levels of emotional support, the first-born generally received more help with tasks that develop thinking skills.

The study observed nearly 5,000 children from pre-birth to age 14, with children assessed every two years and researchers said the findings went some to way explaining the so-called birth order effect – which means children born earlier in a family have better wages and higher levels of education later in life.

How about this for devotion to the family pet? The Eastern Daily Press said that a 20 year old goldfish has made a full recovery after its owners paid £200 for life-saving surgery on a tumour. 

Apparently the fish, Bob, had been struggling to swim in his tank for a number of weeks after developing the lump on its fin.

The family's local vet Faye Bethell led the 30-minute operation at Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in Norwich and Bob was later returned home later the same day.

Faye said: “The option was to remove the lump or put him to sleep and now he is doing brilliantly. They (the family) were really, really pleased because the goldfish is older than their children and considered part of the family.” 

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