Owen Sound Police say they were called to a woman’s apartment on Wednesday evening to deal with a scorpion that had somehow found its way into the residence. Police say the woman managed to capture the scorpion, and the animal is now being held at the police department.
Police say the darkly coloured, hand-sized animal is an Emperor scorpion, one of the largest species of scorpion in the world. Emperor scorpions can grow up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) in length, and pack a painful though non-lethal sting.
The scorpion had escaped from a neighbouring apartment…Emperor scorpions are prohibited under Owen Sound’s bylaws. However, some exotic pet stores in Canada do offer them for sale.