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Stop the Train - There’s a Scorpion in My Bag!
Yorkshire Post ^ | 02 May 2014

Posted on 05/02/2014 1:01:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A dangerous scorpion shocked passengers as it nipped into a Tube station and tried to pinch a ride on a man’s bag.

The man screamed when he saw it clinging to his bag at Victoria Underground station in central London.

London Underground staff were quickly on hand after hearing the commotion, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

They managed to capture the scorpion and placed it in a plastic lunchbox, which they pierced with air holes, while they called the police.

Specialist wildlife crime officers from BTP went to the station to remove the creature, which had been put on a shelf in the station manager’s office.

Pc Mike Charnick, said: “There is a surprisingly wide range of wildlife on and around the railway network but this is the first time I’ve come across a scorpion.

“Station staff did a great job containing the animal and keeping it safe until we arrived.

“I contacted London Zoo and made arrangements to take the animal there to be assessed.”

Keepers specialising in invertebrates safely housed it and contacted experts at the Natural History Museum to check exactly what type of scorpion it was.

It has been identified as a Centruroides – a potentially dangerous species – which may have come from the Caribbean.

Dave Clarke, bugs team leader at ZSL London Zoo, said: “It is bizarre that this species was found in somewhere like Victoria station. We have been keeping the arachnid safely and securely whilst establishing an exact identification of the creature.

“The scorpion really is a beautiful animal and it’s a shame that it has been exposed to such a stressful situation.”

The passenger who discovered the scorpion had been sitting in a park all day. He did not leave a name or any contact details so officers have been unable to work out where he picked it up. No passengers were at risk during the incident, which happened in the evening of Sunday, April 6.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: england; londonunderground; scorpion; train
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1 posted on 05/02/2014 1:01:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The man(?) screamed . . .


2 posted on 05/02/2014 1:04:19 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: nickcarraway

Cue Sousa's "Liberty Bell March"!







3 posted on 05/02/2014 1:05:33 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Mr. Arachnid meet Mr. Shoe.


4 posted on 05/02/2014 1:05:55 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Here in AZ we just stomp on them and move on.


5 posted on 05/02/2014 1:06:32 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: nickcarraway

Hmmm. The scorpion is non-migratory. I wonder if it was carried by an unladen swallow?


6 posted on 05/02/2014 1:06:50 PM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: nickcarraway
In a saner time, the guy with a scorpion on his bag would simply have asked his fellow passengers to give his some space, shaken it off the bag and embedded it in the ground.

No more will be crawling 'round . . .
He's imbedded in the ground . . .
Boris the spider . . .

Wasn't that from a Brit rock song?

7 posted on 05/02/2014 1:09:13 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nickcarraway; shibumi
Lovely plumage ping


8 posted on 05/02/2014 1:09:53 PM PDT by Salamander (Minstrel In The Gallery)
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To: nickcarraway
London Underground staff were quickly on hand. . . . Specialist wildlife crime officers from BTP went to the station to remove the creature. . . . “I contacted London Zoo and made arrangements to take the animal there to be assessed.”

I'm curious. What was the total number of specialized bureaucrats who arranged the capture, transportation, and assessment of this scorpion? Did any of them give it a kiss? I doubt if they'd be so careful and considerate if they arrested someone for quoting Winston Churchill on the subject of Muslims.

9 posted on 05/02/2014 1:16:15 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: WMarshal

Us too. I wonder how many would go out of their way to save a human.


10 posted on 05/02/2014 1:19:33 PM PDT by tiki
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To: nickcarraway

It’s a freakin’ BUG! Step on it!


11 posted on 05/02/2014 1:21:27 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway
“The scorpion really is a beautiful animal and it’s a shame that it has been exposed to such a stressful situation.”

Appallingly insensitive of the authorities to fail to shut down and evacuate the tube station in order to spare the poor creature such terrible stress. /s

12 posted on 05/02/2014 1:22:57 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: nickcarraway

Who calls the cops for a bug?! Just step on it and get on with your life.


13 posted on 05/02/2014 1:26:59 PM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: WMarshal

Ditto!


14 posted on 05/02/2014 1:30:30 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: nickcarraway; Salamander; All
no one expected, a Monty Python thread here, just like this Scorpion in England.

15 posted on 05/02/2014 1:34:53 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: nickcarraway

Good grief, what a bunch of pussies. In Texas when we see scorpions or tarantulas, we just squash’em and move on.

For cry’in out loud.


16 posted on 05/02/2014 1:37:30 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: nickcarraway

The man screamed!? hahahahah, this is what men are coming to—worthless metro-sexuals.


17 posted on 05/02/2014 1:37:50 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: Salamander
and it's such a lovely parrot, too!
does it eat herring and whales, too?

18 posted on 05/02/2014 1:38:05 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: All

Man screams when he sees a scorpion. The pussification of the modern world continues. Not to mention the fact that they called the “authorities” to handle it instead of stomping on it and going to work.


19 posted on 05/02/2014 1:39:12 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: rjsimmon

“unladen swallow”

That isn’t possible. ....
between 40 and 60 fps, isn’t it? :)


20 posted on 05/02/2014 1:40:48 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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To: slouper; Salamander; All
i lived in (Bryan/College Station) TX, we used to play
w/ 'em..and cuddle them, too! [very carefully]
along w/snakes, turtles, lizards and amphibians.

21 posted on 05/02/2014 1:44:28 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: JimRed
It’s a freakin’ BUG! Step on it!

In CA, AZ, NM, or TX, that's what I'd do, but on the London Underground, I'd call the authorities. It's not that I would feel inadequate to the task of squishing an arachnid on the other side of the Pond, but I would be concerned that no one would bother with identification for the resulting goo. It's worth at least attempting to identify the species and its source, and thinking about whether the West's enemies might have decided to start releasing such wildlife in parks and public transit.

22 posted on 05/02/2014 1:44:54 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: All
and they're better than a pony/quarterhorse..
you don't have to clean the stalls..feed 'em.

23 posted on 05/02/2014 1:48:14 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: nickcarraway
Aw, that's not a scorpion,

THIS is a Skorpion!

24 posted on 05/02/2014 1:50:32 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite
so kewl..so hot to own.

25 posted on 05/02/2014 1:58:44 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: nickcarraway

“The scorpion really is a beautiful animal and it’s a shame that it has been exposed to such a stressful situation.”

Yeah...the scorpions I’ve met - and I’ve met a lot in Arizona - REALLY get stressed out by humans moving them somewhere! Of course, when I do it, they have already been squished and their scorpion juices have squirted out their sides, so maybe they just seem stressed in that state.


26 posted on 05/02/2014 2:00:38 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I sooooo miss America!)
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To: nickcarraway
“The scorpion really is a beautiful animal "

Nah!

27 posted on 05/02/2014 2:07:24 PM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: rjsimmon
Hmmm. The scorpion is non-migratory. I wonder if it was carried by an unladen swallow?

Or a Muslim from Morocco?

5.56mm

28 posted on 05/02/2014 2:09:01 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: nickcarraway
Was hunting one day....and sat down waiting for Bambi's dad to come by. Realized I was sitting on a scorpion nest of babies....I killed them all. Never thought much of it....

Am I a bad man?

29 posted on 05/02/2014 2:11:23 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: WMarshal

I use Finesse, ultra-hold hairspray, lacquer it and scoop into a plastic tub with lid. Into the trash. I’m a wimpy gal when it comes to those things. I hate them. The Finesse is great for holding hair and scorpions. Inexpensive


30 posted on 05/02/2014 2:11:52 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Mr Rogers

lol


31 posted on 05/02/2014 2:13:36 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Osage Orange

You have scorps in OK?


32 posted on 05/02/2014 2:14:18 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: machogirl
Yep....

Had one big guy in the computer room...long time ago!! Was real creepy....I didn't like that one!!! He could run fast!!!

Their sting hurts...but not deadly.

33 posted on 05/02/2014 2:17:41 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Osage Orange

Did you scream?


34 posted on 05/02/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT by taillightchaser (I'm going to become a criminal so I can keep my guns.)
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To: nickcarraway
In 1992 our little group put on a Living History Demonstration at Kennesaw Mountain NMP and camped in the rocks back in the woods. The next morning we woke to scorpions in our bed blankets, saddle blankets, in our clothes, in our saddle bags, haversacks, and cartridge boxes. After many careful examinations we saddled up to go to the demonstrations. While all of the men were dismounted showing skirmish firing, one of my troopers pulled a blank from his cartridge box that had one of the scorpions hanging on to it. With coolness and professionalism, he loaded the Sharps with the blank and scorpion and fired it.
35 posted on 05/02/2014 2:28:59 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: taillightchaser
My girls did!!!

I think I yelled!!!

LOL!!!

36 posted on 05/02/2014 2:29:23 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: moose07

Umm... ping for your “edification”... ;-)


37 posted on 05/02/2014 2:46:55 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Osage Orange

I’ve lived here my entire life, only been stung once, but it was by a bark scorp (they have more nasty venom than the big ones). I live now in the part of town where I grew up. The BIG ones live here. YUCK. One is squished and lacquered against the wall. lol, can’t scrape it off. I didn’t know OK has scorps. They are mean critters and primal.


38 posted on 05/02/2014 3:26:38 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Osage Orange

I scream at almost every bug and scorps.


39 posted on 05/02/2014 3:27:18 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Osage Orange
While stationed in Havana, my wife and were going to work on morning. I got in the drivers seat. She went around the rear and was going to get in the passenger side. She called out to me and axed if I would sort out this intruder. Bre'r Scorpion was making tracks for the cover of a leaf. He made it to the cover of the leaf just as my foot was arriving. Scratch B'rer Scorpion.

One of my good friends there was a retired Special Forces officer. His last tour in the Army was as commander of the Special Forces SCUBA School in Panama. While there he attended the Army's Jungle Operations course at Fort Gulick. He was out in bush one day with a guide. They were squatting alongside a jungle trail when Larry felt a sting on his arm. Larry was going to stomp the arachnid into the mud, when his guide stopped him. He said the best way to neutralize the scorpion's venom was to cut the brute's body in one half and with the other, get out his combat knife and cut him in half, then rub one of the halves on the spot of the sting; it was sure to make the pain go away. That's one theory that will go untested by me.

40 posted on 05/02/2014 3:48:34 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Jeff Chandler

I brought a scorpion into the dorms in the Air Force. It escaped and I lost interest, but a couple of days later, a guy down the hall did indeed scream and run away, jabbering about a “monster” in his room.


41 posted on 05/02/2014 4:26:54 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Vigilanteman

The Who’s Boris the Spider.


42 posted on 05/02/2014 4:27:38 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Enough is enough! I have had it with these @#$^%$$ scorpions on this @#$^%$$ train!”


43 posted on 05/02/2014 4:31:07 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: machogirl
Centipedes and scorpion's I don't like....They are just creepy.

Spiders...I'm really okay with.

Watch out for the big ones!!!

Yep...we have scorps!! Ha!!!

44 posted on 05/02/2014 5:56:16 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: machogirl
Ha!!

And here I thought you were machogirl!

Who are you really? : )

45 posted on 05/02/2014 5:57:32 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Ax
Me too!!!

LOL!!!

46 posted on 05/02/2014 5:58:54 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Osage Orange

A wimpy gal around disgusting bugs.


47 posted on 05/02/2014 6:03:43 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Osage Orange

You get the Africanized bees in OK yet?
I like butterflies and lady bugs.


48 posted on 05/02/2014 6:04:32 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Salamander

Sorry it took me so long to respond.

I was nailed to my perch.


49 posted on 05/02/2014 7:35:48 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: NoCmpromiz
Thanks NoC.
Cringed at this earlier.
But to be fair...most Brits haven't ever seen a scorpion and probably think they are like the bugs on Starship troopers.
We do have Scorpions but they are half blind and harmless ,living in the deepest recesses of caves &c.
But to scream at the sight of that tiddly thing...what a wuss.
50 posted on 05/02/2014 11:45:14 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day.)
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