(Contributed)                                Vancouver resident drove scorpion to Maple Ridge veterinarian.                                The Vancouver resident drove the scorpion to Dewdney Animal Hospital. (Contributed)

(Contributed) Vancouver resident drove scorpion to Maple Ridge veterinarian. The Vancouver resident drove the scorpion to Dewdney Animal Hospital. (Contributed)

Woman finds scorpion in kitchen, drives it to Maple Ridge animal hospital

May have come from a recent trip to Cuba

She didn’t kill the scorpion, which is a good thing, says veterinarian Adrian Walton.

Instead, Gail Hammond kept the interloping creature alive after finding the hitchhiker in her Vancouver home on May 2 and drove out to deliver it for safekeeping, to Dewdney Animal Hospital in Maple Ridge.

“I give huge kudos to Gail. She not only saved this animal, but drove it to Maple Ridge to make sure it got a chance at a good life. She is the hero of this story,” the hospital said on Facebook.

Hammond said on Facebook she’s a fan of the band The Scorpions and used her finding of the real thing to implore the band to make another stop in Vancouver.

“It’s been 12 years guys!!! Show your fans some love,” she says.

When she first found the bug in her kitchen, she didn’t know what to do.

“Anyone looking for a pet? I have a scorpion trapped behind my fridge. I’m not the killing type. Any ideas?”

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Walton said he gets a couple of scorpions into the hospital every year and says it could have come from a recent trip to Cuba, or maybe from imported produce.

“It’s never a dull day when a woman’s trip to Cuba brings home an undocumented immigrant,” Walton said on YouTube.



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The Vancouver resident drove the scorpion to Dewdney Animal Hospital. (Contributed)

The Vancouver resident drove the scorpion to Dewdney Animal Hospital. (Contributed)