The world’s heaviest cockroach is rescued from heavy rains in Queensland’s Valley Of Lagoons

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The world’s toughest cockroach is rescued after being caught in the grass when rain flooded its den

  • Giant burrowing cockroach was rescued after becoming entangled in wet mud and grass
  • A family discovered the struggling cockroach in Queensland’s Valley Of Lagoons
  • They used small scissors to cut away the roots that left the insect immobile

A cockroach, one of the toughest species in the world, has been rescued by a family after heavy rainfall flooded its hole and left it in the grass.

The giant burrowing cockroach was found in a clump of wet soil and roots in Queensland’s Valley Of Lagoons after heavy rainfall on January 16.

Ebriony Rawlins discovered the struggling insect after tropical cyclones in the north saw cockroaches leaching above-average rainfall to the surface as their tunnels fill with water.

The giant burrowing cockroach was rescued from grass and soil after its burrow was flooded

The giant burrowing cockroach was rescued from grass and soil after its burrow was flooded

The cockroach was rescued by a family after heavy rains flooded its burrow and left it tangled in the grass

The cockroach was rescued by a family after heavy rains flooded its burrow and left it tangled in the grass

The cockroach was rescued by a family after heavy rains flooded its burrow and left it tangled in the grass

“If he didn’t get back to his hole soon, he could easily catch above-ground predators,” she said.

“So we started working quickly, using the tools we had on hand to get it off the grass.”

Mrs. Rawlins and another man put the cockroach on his back and tried to pull the mud from his paws.

When the insect remained motionless from the grass, they did used small scissors to cut the roots to avoid damaging his exoskeleton.

The burrowing cockroach – almost the size of the man’s hand – continued to squirm when the pair finally expelled the mud from his stomach. The species can weigh up to 35 grams.

The cockroach had trouble moving after its legs were trapped in muddy ground and grass

The cockroach had trouble moving after its legs were trapped in muddy ground and grass

The cockroach had trouble moving after its legs were trapped in muddy ground and grass

Ebriony Rawlins (pictured) found the cockroach in Queensland's Valley Of Lagoons on January 16 after the state's infamous wet season

Ebriony Rawlins (pictured) found the cockroach in Queensland's Valley Of Lagoons on January 16 after the state's infamous wet season

Ebriony Rawlins (pictured) found the cockroach in Queensland’s Valley Of Lagoons on January 16 after the state’s infamous wet season

Despite the cockroach's shocking size, Ms. Rawlins said they are known as 'the friendliest cockroach in the world'.

Despite the cockroach's shocking size, Ms. Rawlins said they are known as 'the friendliest cockroach in the world'.

Despite the cockroach’s shocking size, Ms. Rawlins said they are known as ‘the friendliest cockroach in the world’.

“After some time he was released and was able to move around normally,” Ms. Rawlins confirmed.

The pair relocated the cockroach to a nearby den after their rescue mission.

“He can now live a happy free life without getting tangled up in grass and roots above ground.”

Despite the shocking size of the giant burrowing cockroach, Ms. Rawlins said they are known as the world’s friendliest.

‘They are the only cockroach in the world known to have permanent burrows and hey have no wings, but they have a gentle and peaceful disposition,’ she said

Small metal scissors helped remove mud and grass from the cockroach's legs

Small metal scissors helped remove mud and grass from the cockroach's legs

Small metal scissors helped remove mud and grass from the cockroach’s legs

The pair relocated the cockroach to a nearby den after their rescue mission

The pair relocated the cockroach to a nearby den after their rescue mission

The pair relocated the cockroach to a nearby den after their rescue mission

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