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600 scorpions seized at Italian airport

2012-09-26 22:33

Rome - Italian customs found more than 600 scorpions in a routine check of the baggage of a Chinese man who flew into Florence, the daily La Repubblica reported on Wednesday.

The 607 Manchurian scorpions, half of which were still alive, were packed into plastic boxes with ice, the report said.

The creatures that had survived were sent to a special centre while the unnamed Chinese was charged with keeping dangerous animals.

The Manchurian scorpion, which measures around 6cm, is prized in China both as a food but also as an ornament because of its gold-coloured shell.

Its poison is not generally fatal.

Comments
  • Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-09-27 05:24

    Put him in a bath with them

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-09-27 05:53

    Chinese are really dof when it comes to wildlife, they show it no respect

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-09-27 06:47

    The Manchurian scorpion, is prized in China both as a food but also as an ornament because of its gold-coloured shell.Its poison is not generally fatal. Cupic? Scrap the dizzy charge please.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-09-27 07:36

    Why don't the chinese start eating their own wild life? I am sure a Panda will feed many chinese and just maybe it has better value than Rhino horn! Save the Rhino!

  • alfie.dunn - 2012-09-27 09:41

    Chinese do not have respect for any living creatures. However there are those that have heart. But in general whatever moves, they must eat. If it doesn't move, they'll still eat it. Had an oppertunity to work with them before and I must say, they are a difficult bunch to get along with. Then we found out why the cats went missing....

  • ayavuya.mfenyana - 2012-09-27 10:10

    Is there nothing that amaChina will not eat? Here's an idea why don't they eat sh*t how about that?

  • nhlonipho.shikwambana - 2012-09-27 10:41

    Wanna go to china.

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