A woman called out the Scottish SPCA after finding a tropical scorpion in a bunch of bananas brought home from the supermarket. The incident happened at a house in Trohoughton Avenue in Dumfries.
Animal Rescue Officer Tricia Smith collected the sand-coloured desert hairy
scorpion. It has been taken to the charity's Glasgow rescue and rehoming centre. The
Scottish SPCA said a sting from the scorpion would be sore but not deadly.
Ms Smith said: "The lady was terrified when she called us, although she had
managed to contain the scorpion in a jar. Desert hairy scorpions aren't deadly but if bitten the pain could vary from
that of a bee-sting to intense inflammation and sickness. They're native to North America so it's likely this scorpion has come over
to Scotland with the bananas."
She said the creature was probably quite young as it was only just bigger
than a 50 pence piece. Adults can reach up to six inches in length. Ms Smith added: "We're hopeful we'll soon be able to find this scorpion a
home with an experienced and knowledgeable owner where it can receive the care