As a matter of fact, I have been stung twice in my life by Scorpions!
The first time was as a very curious young toddler playing in a rubble of stones with playmates and I got a shock of a sting from an annoyed scorpion that I must have disturbed while rummaging.
The pain of that episode has receded to parts of my memory that I can’t quite recall, but my mother remembers quite well.
The second incident was as a teenager in boarding school who was rushing to the refectory from prep in the evening.
I unwittingly stepped on my enemy once again and the pain of that sting scarred a part of my mind forever.
The burning degrees of pain, when the venom from the sting of a black scorpion crawls up one’s leg are very memorable and would make a grown man cry.
The scorpion in this picture was captured through my lens, at a safe distance in a rain-forest reserve.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
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