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Vietnam: invasion of the mystery worms

Unidentified creatures must be killed with fire
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Villagers float on rafts made of bananas trees in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Courtesy of Vietnam's Tuoi Tre newspaper, a wildlife mystery surrouding worms that can withstand blades and lime but not fire.

Even village elders can't identify a worm-like creature that has suddenly appeared in central Quang Binh province. A couple whose house has been beset by the tiny, wriggling insects tells Tuoi Tre that the beings are strangely resilient. (Photos of the worms can be seen here.)

At first, they tried to destroy the worms with pesticide.

The worms lived.

Then they tried to destroy the worms with lime.

The worms lived.

Then they tried to destroy the worms with scissors.

But, when cut in half, both severed parts continued to live.

Can anyone identify accurately identify the species of this mystery worm?


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