Friday, June 13, 2008

Midwife to a Different Kind

There is an exclusive group of people who can come up to anyone and say "wei, ko pernah tengok scorpion beranak?" And yesterday evening was the moment when I became part of that select group of people.

Yes, Ladies and gentlemen. I have witnessed the birth of scorpions. Scorpionssssss if I may say it correctly. Apparently no sperm cells go to waste as far as scorpion's reproduction is concerned. Mama scorpion literally gave birth to dozens of baby scorpions (scorplings??).

I've included some photos, and if you want to hold your lunch down, I suggest you come back later.


Scorpion sanctuary. Don't worry. This is the feeding tank. There's a larger leisure sandbox for the scorpion to be certified organic.


Mama scorpion from the outside. Note the striking stance and dozens upon dozens of scorplings on top of and under the mother.


Blur closeup of mama scorpion and her babies.


Detailed closeup. Ooh is that an impending vomit I'm sensing?


Mama scorpion wasn't too happy with the flash.


The most active scorpling of the pack. This dude's agility earned him the name Babi, named after the phrase "weh babi terrer gila dia ni panjat dinding". Now we only have to come up with 35 other names. Suggested names are Gila Lah, Sial Lah, Fulamak, Siod, Fuiyo and Pergh.

The proud father of these babies is Hanif, who embraces the lifestyle of ultra-modern men by running away upon learning the birth of his babies. He was at home when they were born, but left promptly and is still MIA at the time of writing. Woi balik la rumah, bagi susu kat anak.

Mama scorpion and her babies are now safe in the hands of Uncle Rizal and Uncle Tawil (frankly, I'm not sure who actually requires the rescuing).

p.s: No attempt was made in concealing the identities of the individuals mentioned.


UPDATE:

Daytime picture of the Scorpion Family.


15 Comments:

Blogger bola2api said...

gross-ness at its best. gila gross.. gross gross.. geli geleman

2 years of watching CSI didn't prepare me enough for this sight of baby scorplings.. eeee geliiii

13 June, 2008  
Blogger yipwt said...

wow...keeping scorpians as pets? Why not more docile creatures like cat ke, fish ke, dog ke?

Just imagine if that box overturned...

13 June, 2008  
Blogger Azman said...

Aini: Watching the mother eat her dead babies is even more gross!!

Yip: I had the same question to the owner when I first saw the scorpions. But I guess he must've like them. And scorpions are actually quite doclie depending on which species. The one pictured can actually be handled (before it became pregnant that is, and not by me, aku takut gila!).

13 June, 2008  
Blogger haza said...

From the latest Indi Jones movie -the bigger the scorpion, the less harmful?

My uncle got bitten by one when he was small, he only fainted...agaknya dapat species yg kurang poisonous.

Hmmm...the things people keep as pets nowadays!

14 June, 2008  
Blogger Sha said...

"Free the scorpions! Kebebasan kepada semua! Merdeka!!"

Heehee.. sorry, baru balik from kem kenegaraan :p

Just don't let it go anywhere near me, ok?

15 June, 2008  
Blogger Sha said...

"Free the scorpions! Kebebasan kepada semua! Merdeka!!"

Heehee.. sorry, baru balik from kem kenegaraan :p

Just don't let it go anywhere near me, ok?

15 June, 2008  
Blogger Azman said...

Too bad Sasha. You're only heading nearer to them. These scorpions are in Seremban. Haha.

15 June, 2008  
Anonymous iika said...

Very gelifying..

15 June, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makkal Sakthi ...
weh ... ada soalan darjah 1, diaorang ni beranak ke bertelur ...

Eraser ...

16 June, 2008  
Blogger Dancing Ciken said...

oh nooo, ni kes takde keje ke hape?

weh, pe jadi dgn bike ko? u still cycle onot?

16 June, 2008  
Blogger Azman said...

Eraser: Scorpion beranak.

Jaja: Bike ada. Motivasi takde.

16 June, 2008  
Anonymous Jimbo said...

Fascinating and Gross at the same time! :)

16 June, 2008  
Blogger Juliana Ali said...

u kena upload more pics like dis... ahhaha..scorpions i lyke.. haf u considered selling some of the scorplings ?? hehe...

20 June, 2008  
Blogger ezran said...

tak sabarnya aku nak p melawat bapak scorpion... leh aku bawak anak2 hamster aku p berkawan ngan scorpling2 tu... hahaha. aku taktau la apa nak jadi pastu...

29 June, 2008  
Blogger Tracy said...

I've watched my scorpions giving birth twice. It's fascinating :D

22 December, 2008  

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