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discovering the gobi desert worm

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Generally speaking, worms are considered unpalatable, but harmless. This is not the case with the gut worm, however, a huge green that would live in the Gobi desert and which would be endowed with incredible abilities such as the possibility of sending electric shocks or venom capable of killing a human being. Anyway, there is no evidence for the existence of this animal which seems to be just a legend.

A deadly worm that some continue to search for

The Olgoi-Khorkhoi, also known as the gut worm, is considered by some to be the deadliest creature in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Members of the local Mongolian tribes claim to have seen the creature during their travels, but these stories have never been confirmed. Many expeditions have indeed been carried out to have proof of the existence of the famous worm, but so far no one has been able to provide physical confirmations which would ensure that it is not a simple myth. Either way, Mongolian nomads claim the beast does exist, and the reason it is so elusive is because it basically lives and moves underground.

As to what the famous worm-gut looks like, it is described as being a cryptid red in color, with a long, slender body from 90 to 120 centimeters in length. According to hearsay, the Olgoi-Khorkhoi is blessed with a mouth covered in spikes spewing out corrosive acid venom, as well as blind eyes capable of throwing high voltage charges. These lethal weapons would be capable of killing a human being, even from a distance. These worms are said to live underground most of the time, but that they come out from time to time – especially in June and July, the wettest months in the region – to hunt.

Regardless, if the gut-worm were to actually exist, it would not be part of the worm family – which loves moisture – but would have to be part of a more resistant group of species that would be able to to survive in the dry desert sands. So, it is much more likely to be some sort of snake or other reptile. Some scientists suggest that from descriptions the gut-worm resembles a species of Boidae snake, theEryx tataricus. Although Olgoi-Khorkhoi is considered a cryptozoological creature, many scientists accept the possibility that it exists, but in a description that differs from the myth of the creature, reported Live Science.

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Much like the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster, the Gut Worm is essentially a myth

Originally, the gut-worm caught the attention of Westerners as a result of Roy Chapman Andrews from 1926, ” On the Trail of Ancient Man “. In his book, the paleontologist made it clear that he did not believe in the existence of this animal, but there were many stories about it circulating in Mongolia. Other scientists, however, wanted to believe in the existence of the legendary worm, and they went in search of it. One of the most famous expeditions to prove the existence of the gut worm was led by the Czech cryptozoologist Ivan Mackerle. He visited Mongolia three times in search of the worm, in 1990, 1992 and 2004.

Currently, many still believe in the existence of the intestinal worm. Either way, those who believe in the creature recognize that there is no hard evidence of its existence, but rather believe their legends and stories must have some real historical basis. Simple myth or distortion of reality, some intrepid individuals are still in search of the creature. And if nothing proves so far that the worm-gut actually exists, the beast has been brought to life in many works, notably in a 2010 film that stars her.

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