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Lobster snapped up in nip of time.

Byline: DAN WATKINS

A MASSIVE lobster dodged the cooking pot yesterday thanks to a sentimental fishmonger.

Christian Thomas took pity on the creature after it was caught off the south Wales coast and delivered to his Swansea market stall.

He thought the 20-year-old lobster, which weighs half a stone and is about two feet long, was too special to go into a cooking pot. So he appealed to find a home for the giant, which has now been named Lucky.

After the Welsh Daily Mirror pictured the lobster yesterday, the Silent World aquarium in Tenby stepped in to give Lucky a tank.

Christian, 20, said: "His biggest claw is bigger than my fist. He's the biggest I've seen for a long time. He is so powerful he could take your thumb off.

"We thought it would be a shame for him to get cooked up for dinner."

Ginny Spenceley was quick to snap him up for her family-run aquarium, where she hopes the new addition will a big attraction.

She said: "We were very lucky to get him - he is worth the effort.

"Lucky will be by far the biggest and we will have to put him in a tank of his own or he'll start crunching the others."

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SAVED FROM THE POT: Fishmonger Christian with giant lobster Lucky; Picture: hollisphotography.com
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2003
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