David Farrier goes on hunt for Mongolian Death Worm
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:00a.m.
Entertainment reporter David Farrier has had a long standing fascination with cryptozoology - the science of hidden animals.
Cryptozoologists study everything from bigfoot to the Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) in Australia, to the Waitoreke (a type of otter) in New Zealand. Some cryptozoologists are even out hunting boring old frogs.
For the last 3 years Farrier has been an entertainment reporter for TV3 News. Fully occupied meeting some fascinating & famous characters he says somehow forgot the joy associated with pondering the existence of creatures yet to be discovered by science. That was until earlier this year, when he took a whirlwind trip around the UK where he found himself at a lecture by two of the world's leading cryptozoologists, Richard Freeman and Jonathan Downes. They were so fascinating he filmed a story about them.
That meeting inspired his quest to find the legendary the Mongolian Death Worm, known by the locals as "Allghoi khorkhoi". Mongolians say it's around 1.5 meters long, reddish-brown in colour with a nasty habit of spitting acid and killing you.
In August, he's going to Mongolia to find it. What's more, it'll be filmed and turned into a documentary about Mongolia's deadly Death Worm.
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28/07/2009 8:32:39 p.m.
Hunting the Deathworm is very nobel but its about time New Zealands own Cryptids were brought to the medias attention.David Farrier tends to like looking for things overseas when there is just a as good at our own back Door.Why not hunt the Moehau, Kumi Lizard, Waitoreke, NZ Mososaur, Moa, Laughing Owl need I go on.As a new Zealand Cryptozoologist I am often disgusted how little is known of our own Cryptids which are just as interesting.BTW if David does want to hunt the worm I suggest he get in touch with Richard Freeman of the CFZ which he interviewed as the CFZ have already been there. NZ CryptozoologistNZ CFZ Representative
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