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Stowaway scorpion finds a home at Wellesley College

Posted by Evan Allen  June 27, 2012 04:44 PM

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The stowaway baby scorpion that stung the foot of an unsuspecting Wellesley resident after she returned from a trip to Italy earlier this week has founda home in the lab of Wellesley College Professor David Ellerby.

(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)

Wellesley’s traveling scorpion has found a new home at Wellesley College.

The scorpion arrived in town on Sunday, after slipping into a Wellesley family’s suitcase in Italy as they prepared to return home. It stung a woman as she unpacked, but since it is a baby scorpion, it had very little venom and so did not injure the woman badly. She declined medical attention.

scorpion2.jpgPiccolo, as the scorpion has been christened, will live in the lab of animal behaviorist Professor Dave Ellerby.

Ellerby, who studies animal physiology and movement, said that Piccolo is a Euscorpius Italicus, a species common to Southern Europe but not found here.

Ellerby has used scorpions in his Animal Bio-mechanics class before, and may use Piccolo in the future, but said that right now, Piccolo is just visiting.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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