An Austrian woman was horrified after she discovered a family of scorpions living inside her suitcase, according to reports.
The woman, who has not been publicly named, had been vacationing on Croatia’s Adriatic coast, Newsweek reported.
After returning home to Natternbach, in Upper Austria, she noticed the stingers inside her suitcase while she was unpacking.
The woman found 18 scorpions in total, consisting of a mother and her babies, according to Tierhilfe Gusental, an Austrian animal rescue service, per a Facebook post.
She called Tierhilfe Gusental on July 23, who confirmed that the animals had been secured and handed over to them.
“They are currently in the Linz animal shelter until they make their return journey,” the rescue center said on Facebook.
The Mirror reported that a woman found a scorpion in her apartment in Linz. The discovery came three weeks after she had returned from her vacation, the paper said.
This is the third time scorpions have arrived in Upper Austria from Croatia and the second time this summer alone, according to Newsweek.
There are almost 2,000 scorpion species, but only about 40 are poisonous enough to kill humans, per the National Geographic. The species found in Croatia, specifically on the Adriatic coast, are not venomous enough to be lethal.