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‘That is like a horror movie’: Experts are left baffled by mysterious ‘baby rat’ creature found crawling on a kitchen floor

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5/02/2019 Laura Withers For Daily Mail Australia

A New Zealand man has been left baffled after finding bizarre-looking alien-like creatures crawling across his mother's kitchen floor.

Tim Clerke, from Auckland, in New Zealand's North Island, took to social media in a bid to uncover the identity of the abnormal looking animals last week.  

Mr Clerke asked his Facebook friends for their help in identifying the creatures that have been dubbed as something out of a 'horror movie'.  

a close up of a white background: An Australian back-packer stumbled across a rat-tailed maggot (pictured) in Lake Bolac earlier this month © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An Australian back-packer stumbled across a rat-tailed maggot (pictured) in Lake Bolac earlier this month

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,' he added. 

Mr Clerke also shared a video of the odd creatures to his Facebook page.

In the short clip the strange looking specimens, which have small round bodies and long thin tails, can be seen squirming around in someone's hand. 

Tim Clerke, from Auckland, in New Zealand, said the bizarre looking animals (pictured) had appeared in his mother's kitchen  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tim Clerke, from Auckland, in New Zealand, said the bizarre looking animals (pictured) had appeared in his mother's kitchen  a slug on the ground: The animals (pictured) had round bodies and long thin tails, with one user suggesting they looked like 'someone cut the bottom end off of baby mice' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The animals (pictured) had round bodies and long thin tails, with one user suggesting they looked like 'someone cut the bottom end off of baby mice'

Despite Mr Clerke's efforts to enlist the help of the Internet, social media users were left racking their brains in a bid to figure out what the creatures could be.

'[It's] like someone cut the bottom end off of baby mice,' one person noted. 

'That is like a horror movie,' a second wrote. 

While another scared user added: 'I'd like to believe it was a hoax, then I could sleep better.'

'Deformed baby mice,' one user guessed, while another suggested: 'Those are miniature bats'.

a group of people posing for the camera: Mr Clerke (pictured right) shared the video of the abnormal looking animals to his Facebook page, but users were unable to identify the creatures  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Clerke (pictured right) shared the video of the abnormal looking animals to his Facebook page, but users were unable to identify the creatures 

'Is someone holding them? [Oh my god] vomit,' said another disgusted user. 

Despite the video amassing over 3,000 views, users were still none-the-wiser as to what the animals were.  

Even experts couldn't come to a conclusive decision on what type of animal appeared in the video.   

The Biosecurity New Zealand entomology team suggested the video showed the detached legs of a moth.

'They suggest that something [possibly a cat] had just recently eaten the body of the moth, which may explain why a few of the legs were still twitching,' a spokesperson told Yahoo!7.

What is a rat-tailed maggot?

Rat-tailed maggots are the larvae of certain species of hoverflies

A characteristic feature of rat-tailed maggots is a tube-like tail which acts as a snorkel, allowing the larva to breathe air while under water

It lives in stagnant, oxygen-deprived water, and can be found in damp places such as drains or toilets

They can grow up to 15cm in length including their tails – but the average length is only 2-3cm

The most commonly encountered rat-tailed maggots are the larvae of the drone fly 

While experts from the University of Auckland had an entirely different theory and said the video was a hoax.

And in a third differing opinion, Eric Edwards, an insect expert, said it was possible the unknown specimens could be a rat-tailed maggots.

The true identity of the animals is yet to be confirmed.  

Earlier this month, an Australian back-packer stumbled across a rat-tailed maggot in Lake Bolac, in Victoria's Western District.

In an attempt to try and solve the mystery, Guy Shlomi took to social media to share a video in an attempt to uncover the animal's identity. 

It was later confirmed by an entomologist that Mr Shlomi had found a hoverfly larvae, which is more commonly known as a rat-tailed maggot. 

The animal in Mr Shlomi's video was later identified by an expert as a rat-tailed maggot (pictured)  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The animal in Mr Shlomi's video was later identified by an expert as a rat-tailed maggot (pictured) 

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