Nine-year-old boy finds gigantic earthworm in his back garden

It’s WORMZILLA! Nine-year-old boy finds gigantic earthworm in his back garden in New Zealand

  • Barnaby Domigan was photographed with the metre-long earthworm by father 
  • The nine-year-old found the huge worm in a stream outside the family home 
  • He was playing with his siblings when he found it and amazed by the discovery 

This is the jaw-dropping moment a worm the length of a five-year-old is discovered by a schoolboy playing in his garden.

Barnaby Domigan, nine, was photographed with the metre-long earthworm by his dad, Chris, after he found it in a stream outside the family home.

‘He was amazed and absolutely in shock that a worm could be so big, and he was very excited,’ said his mum, Jo.

‘Barnaby was playing in our yard with his siblings – Frankie, Pearl, Abraham and Remi.

‘He was exploring the water to see if there was anything interesting in there and when he found the giant worm he used a stick to pull it out.

‘We didn’t measure it, but he thinks it was as long as both his arms so we imagine it was around one metre long.

‘He called my husband over to quickly take the photo.’

Barnaby Domigan, nine, was photographed with the metre-long earthworm by his dad, Chris, after he found it in a stream outside the family home.

Barnaby, who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, wanted to keep his unusual discovery – but mum and dad weren’t so keen.

‘So he put it back on the edge of the water where he found it,’ said Mrs Domigan, 40.

‘Then I put a picture on Facebook that night, and the next day when we discovered how interested everyone was, we went back out to find it but it had gone, presumed to have floated away.’

The family has since learned that there are several species of worm in New Zealand capable of growing over 30cm in length.

The largest, Spenceriella gigantea, can grow to 1.3m long.

John Marris, curator of the entomology research collection at New Zealand’s University of Lincoln, said they were typically found in undisturbed areas like forests.

But it was rare to find them in a domestic garden, he told the Wellington-based website, Stuff.

He added: ‘There are some very large native earthworms known – a metre isn’t beyond the borders of reason.’

For Barnaby, his discovery has become a phenomenon that soon found him on radio and TV across New Zealand – and even overseas.

‘He thinks it’s wonderful,’ said Jo.

‘He has really, really enjoyed all the radio and television interviews and is very excited by how interested the whole world has become.

‘We are so glad that a child out exploring nature has become a global story! And he feels very, very grateful that he was the person who got to find this amazing worm.’

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