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Scorpion Found in Cornwall

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10:21am 2nd May 2014
(Updated 10:21am 2nd May 2014)

A Cornish woman has told Pirate FM about the moment she found a venomous scorpion in a bunch of bananas.

Angela Parren was at work at a shop in St Stephen when she saw the Costa Rican creature.

She leant in to get a better view of the three-inch long creature - before realising what it was.

She said: "I got them out of the box to carry over and this pack didn't look very nice. I saw something move in it - and I just dropped the bananas. I'd already said to my colleague, 'It looks like a scorpion to me' and it was a scorpion."

The black-edged scorpion is not a killer, but its sting can be enough to leave people in hospital.

Angela said: "I wasn't scared - I was more shocked at what it was. Then, when you find out it wouldn't actually kill you, it's a big relief.

"I was more scared in case some kids had got that bag of bananas. You don't know what damage it could have done."

She and fellow workers at the store carefully moved the bag to a store room while they waited for help.

Newquay zoo gave the creature a new home.

10:21am 2nd May 2014

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