Health officials in Japan were left scrambling when a press conference about the dangers of ticks went horribly awry.

The strange scene can be traced back to one worker's ill-conceived idea  to bring a living ixodid tick to the event so that members of the press  could see the insect they were warning the public about.

After a series of photos were taken, someone suddenly noticed that the  menacing bug had gone missing and was, therefore, scurrying around the  room looking for its next victim.

More on this odd story at the Coast to Coast AM website.