An animal rescue group better known for saving photogenic fawns and hapless baby birds came to the aid of baby scorpions or “scorplings” found clinging to their dead mother’s back at a construction site.
Kendalia-based Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc. (WRR) described the incident on its Facebook page today, saying all beings are worthy of protection — including much-maligned scorpions.
The volunteer who intervened for the orphaned scorpions drove them to WRR’s San Antonio location where they were transferred to the sanctuary, still on their mother’s back.
Mother scorpions carry offspring on their backs to shelter them from harm. During this period the scorplings are unable to feed or live independently until after their first molt.
A small temporary area was made to replicate the scorpions’ natural environment.
Once removed from their dead mother’s body, they were given a diet of fruit flies and gel formula cubes and access to a safe and clean water source where they couldn’t drown.
WRR said the baby scorpions will remain under its care until they undergo their transformative molt and shed their exoskeleton. During this stage of development, they become naturally reliant.
“Though some would ask, ‘why bother with a family of scorpions,’ it is the philosophy of Wildlife Rescue that all beings are worthy of protection,” the group posted on Facebook. “Scorpions, like many others, from snakes to slugs to bats, are seen only as ugly or dangerous when, in fact, they are ancient species, intelligent and uniquely wonderful. To anyone asking why bother to rescue any of these, our answer will always be because they each have a right to a life of peace and dignity, and if we can help provide this, it is the very least we can do.”
Earlier this week, WRR Founder and President Lynn Cuny was recognized by Animal Grantmakers for her compassion and respect for all living creatures.