Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

BristolZooGdns/Twitter
monstrous

A giant toxic centipede made its way from the West Indies in a woman's dirty laundry

It’s called Curtley apparently. Saints preserve us.

ONE OF THE largest poisonous centipedes in the world, a Peruvian giant to you, has made its way to the far side of the world in a woman’s dirty laundry.

Curtley the centipede, for so he is known, hitched a ride with Bristol woman Jennie Esler from the island of Antigua in the West Indies.

She had been spending some time in the town of English Harbour on the island when her many-legged stowaway made himself comfortable in her luggage.

“I have no idea when he actually got in there,” she said.

We arrived home after an 8 hour flight at 9am on Sunday morning and went straight to sleep. By this point Curtley must’ve been in the bag for at least 20 hours but I didn’t unpack that bag for another 24 hours.

When Esler finally went to unpack her things she noticed that her bag had a great deal more legs in it than normal.

He didn’t actually run out, he was quite shy. I had to tip him out of the bag into the bathroom sink, as I didn’t really know what he was at this point. I couldn’t believe it when I saw him. How did he get there?

Curtley is now living in Bristol Zoo’s bug exhibit where no doubt he’s scaring the legs off all the other residents.

“Curtley has settled in well. It is hard to tell whether he is male or female but we do know that he/she likes digging tunnels and particularly likes eating crickets,” said Mark Bushell of Bristol Zoo.

shutterstock_92640844 Shutterstock / Ryan M. Bolton Shutterstock / Ryan M. Bolton / Ryan M. Bolton

The stuff of nightmares.

Read: Flight to Dublin forced to turn back – because of a bee

Read: Are flies afraid when you try to squash them?

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
30
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.