Easter has come early to the German North Sea island of Langeoog.
A flood of plastic eggs containing tiny toys has been swept ashore after a fierce storm, to the delight of the island’s youngest residents.
Public broadcaster NDR reported Thursday that island authorities have called in the “eggs-perts.”
“We are collecting all the surprise eggs, in order to clean the beach,” said Sabine Birkfeld, a worker with a local nursery, who brought 27 “very productive” children to help collect the unexpected bounty before it becomes a hazard for wildlife.
“The children have brought us bags of eggs and there is no end in sight,” Birkfield said.
The eggs containing instructions appear to have come from a container lost by a cargo ship en route for the German port of Bremerhaven.
“At first I thought this was a wonder, because everything was so colorful and so on, but then we realized that this is a huge mess in the end,” said Uwe Garrels, mayor of Langeoog.
Local police released a tweet on Wednesday describing the scale of the clean up.
“Off shore from #Langeoog a shipping container with #plasticeggs was washed ashore,” the tweet read. “Several thousands of the toys are now lying on the #beach.”