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A giant worm that spits and smells like lilies.

Back up — I’m still on giant worm.

A group of researchers from the University of Idaho are using shovels, strainers, chemicals and even electricity to coax the elusive giant Palouse earthworm out of hiding in the rolling farmland of the American Northwest. One specimen found in 2005 and preserved under glass is 6 inches long, but sightings from the late 19th century describe worms up to 3 feet in length.

The Associated Press reports that conservationists want the Obama administration to put the little-studied species on the endangered list.

All I know is, these electricity-wielding monster hunters should take care not to make the worms angry. After all, the spice must flow.

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