Mother Finds Strange Creatures Wiggling On Her Kitchen Floor In Now Viral Video
A man from Auckland, New Zealand, has baffled the Internet with a now-viral video of some strange little creatures wiggling ever so slightly in his mother’s hand. The video now has over 30,000 views.
Tim Clerke posted the video to Facebook to receive help in identifying the mysterious critters. He wrote: “My mother found these on the kitchen floor this morning. One is still alive. Anyone know what they are? Nikki is horrified and will have nightmares for weeks!”
An entomology team from Biosecurity New Zealand suggested they are the legs of a moth, with perhaps the rest of the body eaten by a cat. The University of Auckland have said they believe the video to be a hoax. Eric Edwards, an insect expert, noted they could be rat-tailed maggots, according to the New Zealand Herald.
For more images of rat-tailed maggots, check out this site by the University of Florida. These creatures are the larvae of drone flies, and that long wiggly bit on the end is actually a respiratory appendage that acts as a breathing tube. These critters can cause myiasis in humans – a parasitic infection whereby the maggots feed off of the host’s tissues.
A study in 2014 reported on the case of a 42-year-old woman with an intestinal infection due to rat-tailed maggots. The patient presented to the hospital with abdominal pains and diarrhea lasting for three weeks.
“Surprisingly, a mobile ‘worm’ with a tail was spontaneously excreted by the patient in her stool,” wrote the authors. “The specimen was then caught in her toilet bowl and immediately brought to the parasitology laboratory.”
Treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics substantially reduced her symptoms.
While the online mystery deepens, commenters have taken to Facebook to share their thoughts on the video.
“That’s some creepy shit.”
“Oh well time to burn the house down now.”
“Arrghh, they’re horrible!! Kind of string-ray like.”
“Is someone holding them? OMG blerk vomit.”
Are you horrified? Intrigued? Don’t want to think about it? Well at this time, we too cannot confirm the validity of the video or the species of creature. IFLScience has reached out to experts and is awaiting a response. For now, it seems, the mystery remains. Watch this space.[H/T: New Zealand Herald]