A woman from France was given a fright upon returning to her flat after leaving to self isolate with her boyfriend to find ‘mutant potatoes’ had taken over her home.
Donna Porée, from Caen, had bought a €2.50 (£2.25) bag of potatoes from a Super U supermarket back in March, but as lockdown measures were announced in the country, she hastily fled to quarantine with her boyfriend on the other side of town.
Of course, when leaving your flat in a rush, you make sure you’ve got your phone, wallet, keys; but the sack of potatoes on the kitchen shelf is the last of your worries.
However Donna probably didn’t envisage lockdown lasting as long as it did, and after finally returning to her flat last month, the 22-year-old discovered that the unassuming spuds had grown huge alien-like vegetable tentacles and spread across her 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 images have racked up more than 194,000 likes and 60,000 retweets as others say the rogue vegetable left them scared.
Despite the traumatic ordeal, Donna says it hasn’t been enough to put her off eating potatoes in the future.
She explained: “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.”
Donna said it took her hours to completely remove the potato and its army of runaway shoots – but not before sharing a photo to Twitter.