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Scorpion found in child's sandpit in Dartford

PUBLISHED: 14:31 28 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:48 28 September 2012

The scorpion found in the Dartford garden

The scorpion found in the Dartford garden

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A young boy had a lucky escape after discovering this scorpion lurking in his sand pit.

Mark Maxstead, 4, went into the garden to play but went running back to his mum Joan describing a strange creature.

“He said there was a spider with a snake’s tail. He knows his animals quite well and he was very nervous and shaky. I obviously thought it was quite strange.

“I went out to investigate and saw a five inch scorpion. I was petrified.”

“I put the lid on the sandpit and got my son inside.”

Joan, of Tree Estate, Dartford, searched on Facebook for help and found a local keeper of rare animals, Wayne May, who sped out to rescue the pair.

He identified it as a red clawed scorpion, which has a sting is similar to a bee’s but children who get stung can get badly hurt or even die as a result of an allergic reaction.

After the scorpion had been removed, Joan realised how serious it could have been.

“In the moment you only think to get rid of it, but the thought of it afterwards was horrifying. What if my son had sat on it?

“I have seen them zoos but never imagined seeing one in my garden.”

It is thought the scorpion belonged to a neighbour and it had gone missing several weeks previously.

Mr May has now signed ownership of the scorpion and is taking care of it.

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