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There may not actually be solid evidence of an acid-spitting, lightning-throwing Mongolian deathworm living in the Gobi Desert but there will definitely be a documentary about it.

Journalist David Farrier and cameraman Christie Douglas have returned from Mongolia, where they spent about two weeks trying to verify the deathworms existence.

Some Mongolians say the Allghoi Khorkhoi, or intestine worm, resembles a 1.5m-long creature that jumps out of the sand and kills people by spitting concentrated acid or shooting lightning from its rectum over long distances.

Farrier would not say if the pair discovered evidence of the fantastical creature as they were not revealing too much until the documentary was complete.

People were welcome to assume they didnt find anything, he said, however: As far as telling the story about the deathworm Id say we were pretty successful in what we came back with and we have definitely got a doco on our hands.

They recorded about 30 hours of footage and spoke to people who said they had seen the worm.

Because the sightings peaked during the 1950s a lot of these witnesses wont be around for much longer, so I felt pretty lucky to get to some of them before they are actually dead.


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