Stonewall, Manitoba - A Canadian woman came back from south Africa with a surprise souvenir a venomous critter. Meagan fiddler tells us how he hitched a ride in the woman's luggage.
Returning from vacation, Theresa Arnott thought nothing of unpacking her bags. In fact, she didn't do it until 8 days later.
Arnott's talking about a hitchhiker that made it's way into her luggage. And eventually into her home.
In the bathroom , Theresa Arnott - it was right here where I found Harold.
Harold, named after the South African bay he came from.
Arnott says if she encountered a scorpion in the wild, it would probably end up on the bottom of her shoe. But not now and not Harold.
"Well he survived four long flights from South Africa to Canada, I thought I'd give the little critter a fighting chance."
Exotic pet store owner, Jeff Mcfarland says this is the first time he's heard of a scorpion hitchhiking in baggage. But they do make their way here in other ways.
"A lot of times we'll get large tropical plants that will have things like tarantulas or eggs for small lizards, anoles or house geckos."
Mcfarland says Harold is most likely an Emperor Scorpion - it's sting not my much worse than a bee. And easy to take care, so he says if you pickup an arachnid this is the one to get.
As much as Arnott loves her new found friend. He won't be staying long. She hopes to find him a permanent home where the public can meet him too. And she hopes that can be at Winnipeg's Zoo.
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