A mysterious “baby rat” seen crawling on a kitchen floor surprises experts
Squirming hairy-tailed creatures discovered crawling across a mother’s kitchen floor have been nicknamed ‘horror movie creatures.’
A New Zealand guy is perplexed after spotting bizarre alien-like insects slithering across his mother’s kitchen floor.
Last week, Tim Clerke of Auckland, New Zealand’s North Island, took to social media to try to identify the strange-looking insects.
Mr Clerke enlisted the help of his Facebook friends in identifying the monsters, which have been described as “horror movie creatures.”
Even experts couldn’t agree on what kind of organism appeared in the video, with some stating it showed moth legs unattached and others claiming it was rat-tailed maggots.
Earlier this month, an Australian backpacker discovered a rat-tailed maggot (shown) in Lake Bolac.
‘My mum discovered these on the kitchen floor this morning,’ he wrote. One of them is still alive.
‘Can someone tell me what they are? Nikki is terrified and will have nightmares for several weeks,’ he continued.
Mr Clerke also shared a video of the unusual animals on his Facebook page.
Between the short film, strange-looking critters with little spherical bodies and long skinny tails can be seen wriggling around in someone’s fingers.
Tim Clerke of Auckland, New Zealand, reported the strange animals (pictured) emerged in his mother’s kitchen.
The critters (above) have spherical bodies and long thin tails, and one user described them as looking like “someone hacked the bottom end off of baby mice.”
Despite Mr Clerke’s efforts to solicit the help of the Internet, social media users were left perplexed as to what the creatures could be.
‘It’s like someone cut the bottom end off of baby mice,’ one observer observed.
‘It’s like something out of a horror movie,’ said another.
Another terrified user commented, ‘I’d prefer to assume it’s a fake so I can sleep better.’
One person guessed ‘deformed newborn mice,’ while another said ‘they are small bats.’
Mr. Clerke (shown right) posted a video of the strange critters on his Facebook page, but viewers were unable to identify the species.
‘Does anyone have them?’ ‘Oh my god, vomit,’ another appalled person exclaimed.
Despite the video receiving thousands of views, fans had no idea what the animals were.
Even specialists couldn’t figure out what kind of animal was in the video.
The video, according to the entomology experts at Biosecurity New Zealand, shows a moth’s detached legs.
‘They hint that something [perhaps a cat] had only recently devoured the moth’s body, which may explain why a few of the legs were still twitching,’ a spokeswoman for Yahoo!7 said.
Scientists from the University of Auckland, on the other hand, suspected the film was a hoax.
According to a third competing viewpoint, insect expert Eric Edwards, the mysterious creatures could be rat-tailed maggots.
The creatures’ exact identities have yet to be determined.
Earlier this month, an Australian traveler discovered a rat-tailed maggot in Lake Bolac in Victoria’s Western District.
Guy Shlomi took to social media in an attempt to solve the mystery, releasing a video in an attempt to identify the animal.
Mr. Shlomi had discovered hoverfly larvae, also known as a rat-tailed maggots, according to an entomologist.
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