A family was in for a shock when they returned from their trip to Kenya and began unpacking. Liz Burrows, 50, and her husband Ian, 52, along with their 18-year-old daughter Daisy, discovered a 4 cm long scorpion on their living room floor.
The family, from King's Cliffe, Northamptonshire, believes the scorpion may have hitched a ride with Daisy, who recently returned from a month-long trip to Kenya.
According to Auburnpub.com, Daisy initially mistook the scorpion for a leaf.
Her father then picked it up with a piece of paper and placed it in a glass jar with holes in the lid. Liz Burrows, a financial planner, said,
"I went to the fridge, and it was right in front of it on the floor. My daughter looked down and initially thought it was a leaf."
"It was quite clear that it was a scorpion. Its tail was vibrating, so it was still alive, but it wasn't moving much. I wanted to get rid of it immediately, but my husband found it interesting and wanted to keep it. I did not share my husband's enthusiasm."
The family now believes the scorpion may be dead. Daisy recognized the scorpion from her travels, leading the family to think it had an unwanted trip to the UK.
"It must have hitched a ride with my daughter from Kenya, as we've never had a scorpion in the house before. I just hope it doesn't have any other friends," said Liz.