Vancouver resident dropped off scorpion at Dewdney Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge after finding it in her kitchen. (Contributed)

Scorpion found in B.C. woman’s kitchen comes to Victoria this weekend

Victoria Bug Zoo new home for scorpion

The Victoria Bug Zoo will be welcoming an eight-legged celebrity this weekend after it journeys across the Strait of Georgia to its new home.

Earlier in May, a woman found a scorpion in her Vancouver home. Rather than killing it, she took it to Dewdney Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge.

READ MORE: Scorpion found in B.C. woman’s kitchen more venomous than thought

Veterinarian Dr. Adrian Walton thought it was one of the less-venomous types, which show up at the animal hospital a few times a year.

However, an e-mail from the Victoria Bug Zoo told him it was a type of bark scorpion with venom that’s more potent that others.

“They’re all venomous. The question is how venomous?” Walton said.

Walton will be taking the scorpion over to the Victoria Bug Zoo on the ferry on Saturday. He said he is not comfortable having the scorpion with him.

READ MORE: Updated: woman finds scorpion in kitchen, drives it to B.C. animal hospital

He said if people are stung by a bark scorpion, they are more likely to get really sick, have painful swelling and should get medical treatment. He said if people are allergic, a sting could be fatal.

A spokesperson at the Victoria Bug Zoo said the scorpion will likely be given a few days to settle into the zoo in its own tank before being introduced to others of its species.

Public will be able to see it the day it arrives.

The zoo will also confirm the species of the scorpion once it is there since scorpion coloration varies vastly under different light conditions.

-With files from Phil Melnychuk

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Double lung transplant gives West Shore man second chance

Co-owner of West Shore Barber Shop grateful for every minute of the 16 years transplant has provided

Home where Proctor murder took place removed from Langford’s Affordable Housing Program

Langford woman almost purchased home, decided against it after hearing history

City says traffic pattern on Bay Street Bridge will stay as is until October

Commuters began facing long waits on Tuesday morning after the east-bound lane was closed

Hallmark movie filming in Oak Bay

Shooting for ‘Sunshine’ continues into June across Greater Victoria

PHOTOS: Victoria youth continue to gather for climate action

Local students participated in a global movement calling for climate action

VIDEO: 76th annual Swiftsure sets sail Saturday

Longstanding competition takes off from Victoria’s Inner Harbour May 25

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve investigating after sea lion found shot in the head

Animal is believed to have been killed somewhere between Ucluelet and Tofino

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

B.C. port workers set to strike on Monday in Vancouver

A strike at two container terminals would affect Canadian trade to Asia

Volunteers already rescuing fry from drying creekbeds around Cowichan Lake

It’s early but already salmon fry are being left high and dry

So, they found ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’

Dave Tryon, now 72 and living in North Delta, will reunite with long-ago travelling friends in Monterrey, Calif.

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

Most Read