(David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
Wellesley’s traveling scorpion has found a new home at Wellesley College.
The scorpion arrived in town on Sunday, after slipping into a Wellesley family’s suitcase in Italy as they prepared to return home. It stung a woman as she unpacked, but since it is a baby scorpion, it had very little venom and so did not injure the woman badly. She declined medical attention.
Ellerby, who studies animal physiology and movement, said that Piccolo is a Euscorpius Italicus, a species common to Southern Europe but not found here.
Ellerby has used scorpions in his Animal Bio-mechanics class before, and may use Piccolo in the future, but said that right now, Piccolo is just visiting.
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