Sting in the tail for Tube man
Pc Mike Charnick, who dealt with the incident, said: “There is a surprisingly wide range of wildlife on and around the railway network but this is the first time I’ve come across a scorpion.
“Station staff did a great job containing the animal and keeping it safe until we arrived.
“I contacted London Zoo and made arrangements to take the animal there to be assessed.”
Keepers specialising in invertebrates safely housed it and contacted experts at the Natural History Museum to check exactly what type of scorpion it was.
It has been identified as a Centruroides a potentially dangerous species which may have come from the Caribbean.
Dave Clarke, bugs team leader at ZSL London Zoo, said: “It is bizarre that this species was found in somewhere like Victoria station. We have been keeping the arachnid safely and securely whilst establishing an exact identifica timberland boots tion of the creature.
“The scorpion really is a beautiful animal and it’s a shame that it has been exposed to such a stressful situation.”
The passenger who discovered the scorpion told staff he had been sitting in a park all day and had not been abroad recently.
He did not leave a name or any contact details so officers have been unable to work out where he picked it up.
No passengers were at risk during the incident, which happened in the evening of Sunday April 6, BTP said.
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