The Spoof has been out and about this week investigating the spate of earthworm sightings that have been reported around the country.
People in places as far apart as Bournemouth and Poole have told of the slimy slithery creatures popping up in their gardens.
Professor William Wheatabix of London Zoo commented:
"It is perfectly normal for vurms (as he calls them; we think he's German or possibly Austrian) to be about ze place. Zey like ze soil and spend most of zer time, how you say? Pootling around in it"
But The Spoof wanted to know more and pressed Professor Wheatabix on the issue. In answer to our reporter's question if people should worry about this sinister phenomenon, the slithery and some might say slightly slimy looking self-styled 'worm guru' chuckled:
"No not at all. It's all perfectly normal".
If any reader sees three or more worms in their garden at the one time then phone the authorities. Better to be safe than sorry. Eh?