Alex finds a Scorpion
We are slowly getting into a routine in this strange time that is called lock-down. Soon after breakfast, we head outside to spend time in the garden. While Steven and I work on getting our grass to grow, the boys play. They love sticks and turning over stones. We always warn them that they must call us if they see a scorpion or a snake.
So it did not even come as much of a surprise when Alex came running towards us yelling that he had found a scorpion while he was playing with some wooden offcuts of a bookcase we are busy building. Jack was hot on his heels. My heart always skips a beat or two when they find a snake or a scorpion. I am always worried that they try and pick it up before they come and call Steven or myself. So I am very glad our constant words of caution about the more dangerous critters in and around the house are starting to pay off. Both Alex and Jack had not touched the rather large ‘Scorpionidea’ and kept their distance while Steven coaxed the scorpion in an empty mayo jar.
It is not the first critter we have found in our garden during this lock-down. (apart from the hyena that ate steven’s flipflop and the Porcupine that came under the fence). Yesterday, we found a Giant Land Snail on the driveway!
How cool is it to have a ranger dad, who can tell you all about the animals we find! So part of the ‘home-schooling’ in the Oosthuizen residence during this lock-down consists of biology lessons from daddy! First, of course, Steven reminded the boys that they must never touch scorpions and snakes. And while we were on that subject I just had to add that Giant Land Snails and Leopard Tortoises are not pets. They will never be pets and are, therefore, not allowed to be petted!
Steven then explained to the fascinated Alex and Jack that scorpions are venomous and that they can sting with their tail. Some scorpions have big stings and small pincers and other scorpions have big pincers and a small sting. “Kan daai skerpioen my seer maak, papa?”Alex asked with a concerned look on his face. “Vir seker, seuna!” Valuable lessons learned!
The boys spent quite some time studying the scorpion in the jar and later, while Jack was napping and Alex was chilling inside, I saw Steven take the jar outside. I watched him spend a couple of minutes finding a suitable place outside our garden to let the scorpion go. After he found a nice stack of wood, he made sure that the scorpion was fine and none the worse for his time in confinement. That is one of the things I admire most in my husband: His love for all animals; from a small scorpion to the biggest elephant, he loves them all. He truly is a “Custos Naturae.”