PEKING (AP) _ A farmer found a 1.18-carat diamond in a chicken's gizzard as he prepared the hen for the dinner pot, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The English-language China Daily said the probable explanation was that paths near farmer Li Yunzhong's house in Hunan province were paved with sandy soil from an abandoned diamond mine and the hen gobbled up the stone.

It said Li sold the gem to the state for $322 - three times an average peasant's annual income.