Many of us like to bring things back from our trips abroad. Souvenirs like jewellery, clothing, and other trinkets are just a few things that leave a country in a tourist's suitcase.
High up on the list of things we don't want to bring home from a trip: a pregnant scorpion. This nightmare is exactly what happened to a woman in Vancouver.
After a trip back from Cuba the woman discovered a giant, scorpion in her home in B.C. The scorpion has since given birth to 20 tiny scorpions.
According to Global News, the scorpion was found in a woman's home after a trip to Cuba. The B.C. woman captured the scorpion alive and gave it over to the Victoria Bug Zoo.
Initially, the scorpion was identified as a deadly species, but this was later corrected. The scorpion, named Gail in honour of the woman who found her is, in fact, a Cuban species, Heteroctenus Garridoi.
As it turns out, the scorpion was pregnant with dozens of little scorpion babies.
In a video shared by the zoo, playfully captioned as "an update on the Cuban undocumented migrant and its anchor babies," an expert with the Victoria Bug Zoo stated that the scorpion "has miraculously given birth to... 20 wonderfully fat little babies"
Photos show the scorpion with her tiny nightmare babies clinging to her back like little parasites.
Though I have a hard time sharing the bug experts' enthusiasm for the creature, I will admit that a backpack made of tiny scorpions is pretty metal.
The zoo hopes that Gail will be able to raise the scorpions on her own.
Once they are old enough, they will be separated from their mother, in case she decides that she wants to eat them.
Read the Global News article about the terrifying hitchhikers here.
The custom airstream company in Montreal said Madonna's 1975 Airstream Sovereign 31' vehicle was designed in the likeness of a five-star hotel, featuring a custom leather couch and matching armchairs, retractable 50-inch TV monitors, a minibar and ice bin, heated floors, a tufted wall with custom light fixtures, a top-of-the-line sound system and custom under-carriage lights.
The RV even converts into a cigar lounge, built with a custom humidor and commercial air purifiers.
The price tag? A cool $200,000 USD. And Custom Airstream said other custom builds could cost up to $500,000 USD.
It's not the first time the Montreal-based camper customization company has worked with Madge. It also partnered with her on a "personal project" she hosted in the Hamptons in 2014.
"We're beyond excited to be part of Madonna's fun family moment," said a statement by David Schirmer, vice-president of sales and marketing at Custom Airstream.
"We woke up to a flood of phone calls, email and social media messages. People have been knocking down our door – it's been overwhelming in the best way possible. It's such an honour for our humble Québec company to add a little magic to Madonna's American Life!"
"Club Med Québec Charlevoix offers a one-of-a-kind vantage point at the heart of the Charlevoix region: built between the [Saint-Lawrence] river and the mountains, this Resort will offer you an incredible view of the mountain," according to the website, which calls this "the first Club Med mountain resort with waterfront views." There are other Club Med mountain resorts in the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps as well as China and Japan.
The Québec Charlevoix resort has 302 rooms and a private five-star luxury space with 25 suites. Select rooms "channel" the colours of Quebec, according to the website, "with winter white, twilight blue, and yellow sun decor." There are also three restaurants and, of course, one of them features ski chalet favourites, such as fondue and raclette.
Guest get unlimited meals and beverages, and daily entertainment, as well as unlimited ski-in/ski-out access, lift tickets, and group ski and snowboard lessons included in the all-inclusive package. For additional costs, guests can also try out Quebec activities like ice-skating, dog sledding, and sugar shack visits during the winter or biking, hiking and whale watching during warmer months.
On Tuesday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé tweeted that the COVID-19 situation in Quebec's Mauricie region was "worrying," particularly among unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated 18- to 30-year-olds, as cases in Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec jumped from 17 to 146 between July 22 and August 2.
"As elsewhere in the world, the recent increase in the number of cases is worrying," Legault tweeted.
"We will be announcing new measures in the coming days."
On August 4, the province reported a total of 184 new cases of COVID-19 in Quebec.