Fact Check: Does this video show moving roots of ‘Shivnaga’ tree? Here’s the truth

A video is being shared on social media with a claim that roots of ‘Shivnaga’ tree, move or are in motion, up to 15 days after being cut.

“शिवनाग वृक्ष की जड़ यह कटने के बाद 15 दिन तक तड़पती रहती है” the post caption read.

Here’s the link to the above post.

The video was shared extensively on Facebook.

More such Facebook posts can be seen here, here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We ran a keyword search using ‘Shivnaga tree’ but did not find any clue about the existence of the tree.

 

While scanning through the post, we found a comment on one of the posts. The comment mentions that it’s ‘Horsehair Worms’.

Taking a clue from the above comment, we searched for Horsehair worms and found that Horsehair worms, also known as Gordian worms, belong to the group Nematomorpha.

According to Kentucky College of Agriculture, they are found in water or wet areas, in or alongside streams or puddles but they can occur in cisterns, livestock watering troughs or are mostly found in open outdoor containers with water.

We also found several videos of Horsehair worms on YouTube which showcase creatures similar to that in the viral video.

Another YouTube video can be seen here.

More about the worms can be read in the article by Wired and on the website of the University of Florida.

From the above fact-check, it is clear that the post in question is misleading and false.

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