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post #2 of 20
That's so sad. Poor kitties.
post #3 of 20
whoa!

now that's one strange creature, looks like it's from starship troopers

that's horrible about the cats
post #4 of 20
Oh poor darling creatures. That's very sad, but I guess it's nature.

I am terrified of scorpions. When I was at primary school we went on a school camp for a week and the bullies in our year were telling all of us that there were scorpions where we were and that they liked to get into your bed and sting you. Ugggggghhhhh I've been scared of them ever since!
post #5 of 20
Thats so sad! That was so nice of the lady at the Auto Center to take care of those cats - at least they were loved

That thing looks NASTY - yuck!
post #6 of 20
Oh no!, that's so sad I've never seen a real scorpion before but they look really scary to me!
post #7 of 20
grossly disgusting .....it may be nature, but Id love to sick a hungry badger on that thing ..poor cats
post #8 of 20
The poor babies! Scorpions are really scary, especially to pet owners with small pets. They usually can't tell if the scorpion is harmful to their pets or not. I had a few scorpions at my house around my poor kitties. Their curiosity was very suprising. Scorpions are most generally sort of like spiders (when catching them), so I put a glass over it and a paper underneath, took it out in a field and let it go. Kitties just can't resist small, fast-moving objects, though.
post #9 of 20
How sad!
post #10 of 20
I feel so sorry for those people at the Auto shop!!!

There they were trying to do their best for those cats, and this is what happens!!

I hope they work out a solution!
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post #12 of 20
Poor babies. Scorpions are nasty and no fun- I speak from experience. Growing up in FL the little buggers were all over the place. After we built the house that my family moved into when I was about 7, we had numerous scorpion sightings on the ground floor. Luckily, none of the humans or our cat had any tangles with them, but it sure scares the bejesus out of you to happen upon one.
post #13 of 20
Poor babes!
post #14 of 20
Oh, that just tears me up.......
You know, I KNOW there is that proverbial "food chain"--but it is REALLY difficult to read or see it in action. OH, and that thing is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gross.... What in the world, would they be GOOD for??????
post #15 of 20
Poor kitties.
post #16 of 20
That is awful poor cats
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Missy&SpikesMom
Oh, that just tears me up.......
You know, I KNOW there is that proverbial "food chain"--but it is REALLY difficult to read or see it in action. OH, and that thing is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO gross.... What in the world, would they be GOOD for??????
While gross and scary-looking, scorpions keep the insect population down. Here in AZ, we have several species of them, the most dangerous being the small bark scorpion. The very young, very old and people with heart and/or respiratory problems are susceptible to the venom. Some cats are also highly sensitive to it.
post #18 of 20
Ugh! We had a scorpion problem at my house last summer! They are nowhere near that size but still disgusting! Hopefully they don't come back. Poor Kitties!!
post #19 of 20
Very, very unfortunate what happened to those kitties, but I'm surprised that an emperor can kill a cat. They're sting is equivalent to a bee sting, but then again I don't know the specifics on how the toxicity affects a cat in comparison to a human. One thing for certain, IF, the emperor was the cause of death for those cats then it would have been the 'curious cat' factor that caused it. Emperors are shy creatures that burrow most of the time and are nocturnal. They usually use their pincers to fend of threats or catch a meal. I know this because I kept one as a pet a few years ago She never once threw her stinger at me but I did not poke and prod at her either They are not an aggressive taxon but I'm sure if antagonized they would resort to stinging. I actually had the pleasure of experiencing child birth and rearing with this scorpion. She was wild caught and being of a prolific nature, was pregnant when I bought her. I even took a family photo of the babies sitting on moms back shortly after birth
Very good mom, fed her babies and protected them the whole time they were together..but I digress.... It would be good to find out the actual cause of death in the case of the kitty. Living outside an auto shop makes me wonder if the cats had gotten into some anti-freeze product. Assuming the emperor is the culprit puts future cats at further risk, if infact, the emperor isn't the cause.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Blueyes
Very, very unfortunate what happened to those kitties, but I'm surprised that an emperor can kill a cat. They're sting is equivalent to a bee sting, but then again I don't know the specifics on how the toxicity affects a cat in comparison to a human. .
also, unlike bees, scorpions can sting over & over, raising the level of poison. we had small brown scorpions at our place when i was growing up - they would head into the house during really wet weather. after exterminating inside 2-3 times, we finally got rid of them. but not before 3 of us were stung!
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