Spider in Children’s Bedroom in Germany Turns Out To Be Huge Deadly Scorpion

A shocked mother who investigated when her young sons complained of a big spider in their bedroom was horrified when she realised the creepy crawley was a huge black scorpion.

Patricia Heutmann from the town of Gronau, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, had just put her two sons to bed when she heard them screaming on Sunday, 7th April.

She then rushed to their room when one of the children, eight-year-old Tristan, told her they spotted a big black spider on the wall and asked her to remove it.

Image shows eight-year-old Tristan and the scorpion, undated photo. It was discovered in the home of a family in Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia State, Germany. (Newsflash)

But the moment she approached the multi-legged critter, she was stunned when she realised that the alleged spider was, in fact, a four-centimetre-long (1.5-inch) scorpion.

Patricia’s husband, Sascha, then captured the scorpion in a kitchen jar, and said he had then looked online to see if there were any reports of a scorpion escaping from a zoo or a private terrarium.

Unable to track down the scorpion’s origin, the Heutmanns sought assistance from zoologist Victor Hartung from the Muenster Natural History Museum.

They then arranged to meet the following day, when the children could hand over the scorpion, affectionately nicknamed Edgar, to the expert.

When the family handed over the scorpion, it was dead, and it’s unclear when or how it died. Local media noted that the expert had asked them to freeze the jar, as the freezing process can help preserve the scorpion’s tissues and structures.

Hartung explained that the scorpion most likely comes from southern Europe and is, therefore, considered an invasive species in Germany.

Image shows the scorpion nicknamed ‘Edgar’, undated photo. It was discovered in the home of a family in Gronau, North Rhine-Westphalia State, Germany. (Newsflash)

Youngster Tristan said in an interview with local media: “It was shocking that the scorpion was suddenly on the wall. And they don’t actually exist in Germany.”

According to local media, the scorpion will now remain at the museum and become part of the Natural History Museum’s collection.

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