Austrian woman finds 18 scorpions in suitcase after trip to Croatia
The woman opened her suitcase to find 18 scorpions. Photo / 123rf
A traveler had a terrible fright while unpacking her suitcase after a vacation in Croatia when she discovered 18 live scorpions.
The Austrian woman returned home to Natternbach, Upper Austria, on Saturday before reuniting with the scorpion family; a mother and her babies.
Not knowing what to do with the creatures, she contacted Tierhilfe Gusental, an Austrian animal rescue service, on July 23.
Tierhilfe Gusental posted on Facebook to confirm the animals were safely in their care.
“Stowaways have nested in the luggage from their trip to Croatia. Specifically, a scorpion with cubs,” reads German.
The woman was recently on vacation in the Adriatic country, where scorpions got into her suitcase.
“They are currently at the Linz animal shelter until they make their journey home,” read a Facebook post from the Austrian rescue center, which thanked the caller for reporting his find.
As unusual as it may seem, this is the third time in less than 12 months and the second time this summer someone from Upper Austria has reported finding scorpions in their home after a trip to Croatia.
Fortunately, the scorpions did little harm to the woman.
According to National Geographic, there are nearly 2000 species of scorpions known to man. However, only about 40 are toxic enough to kill humans.
The venom from a scorpion sting can be very dangerous and cause breathing difficulties, bleeding, redness, itching, swelling and severe pain.
Fortunately, scorpions in Croatia, and especially along the Adriatic coast where many travelers spend their holidays, are not poisonous enough to be fatal.
According to a resident, scorpions are common in Croatia, but do not pose a serious threat.
“Scorpions are ugly but really there is no danger if you see them,” said a resident of Zagreb. “Do not kill scorpions because it is a protected species in Croatia.
“Scorpions are very common on the coast and they tend to come into houses too,” added another.
“However, they are small and basically harmless, I see them regularly when cleaning around my house in Zadar.”