Shocked supermarket workers discover live SCORPION in bananas from Costa Rica

  • 3in-long venomous creature travelled 5,000 miles from Costa Rica to UK

  • Arrived at Nisa village shop in Cornwall by stowing away among the fruit

  • Sales assistant, 51, spotted something moving as she restocked shelves

  • Newquay Zoo experts found arachnid was juvenile black-edged scorpion

Supermarket workers had a huge shock when they spotted a live scorpion inside a pack of bananas.

The 3in-long venomous creature travelled more than 5,000 miles from Costa Rica to a village shop in Cornwall by stowing away among the fruit.

Angela Parren, a sales assistant at Nisa Phoenix Stores in St Stephen-in-Brannel, spotted something moving as she restocked shelves. As she lent in for a closer look, the scorpion scuttled into view.

he 51-year-old called for help and co-workers moved the pack to a store room before calling police and the RSPCA. They were urged to contact nearby Newquay Zoo who offered to give it a new home.

Zookeepers soon identified the arachnid as a juvenile black-edged scorpion, known as centruroides limbatus. They are from South America - native to Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica.

The species is not considered a major threat to humans but experts say a sting can still be extremely painful and in rare cases can leave people needing hospital treatment.

Les Howell, owner of Nisa Phoenix Stores, said: ?We didn't know what to do with it. It didn't seem right to kill it, so we phoned our wholesaler for advice.

They suggested we phone the police, who suggested the RSPCA, who suggested DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), who were closed for the Bank Holiday.

?So we phoned Newquay Zoo and spoke to Gareth O'Dare, who is the Tropical House keeper.

'He suggested we take it out to the zoo, which we did after putting the whole bag of bananas inside a secure plastic box.

?He told us that it was a juvenile black-edged scorpion which is native to Costa Rica where the bananas came from.

'Although a sting from its tail won't kill humans, it will still pack a punch.?

St Stephen-in-Brannel is six miles west of St Austell, with a population of more than 5,000.