A swarm of scorpions from neighboring Egypt have seized residents of a southern Egyptian town and sent them into tears as the insects make their way into people’s homes, The Daily Mail reported.
A spiny scorpion named Ali al-Shatti lives in a house next door to resident Ahmed el-Sayyed.
The 13-inch scorpion is believed to have traveled by insect and has become a viral sensation as the first documented sighting of the scorpion in Egypt.
Witnesses described to The Daily Mail how the arachnid has made its way into every home in the town after an arborist recommended the scorpion to el-Sayyed as a possible antidote to ant bites.
“Ali al-Shatti has descended on our home and most of the birds have stopped flying so I have to catch him,” Sayyed, who was driving with his wife and three children at the time of the eruption, told The Daily Mail.
The el-Sayyed’s home is the first to catch the arachnid, which hides in corners, next door, inside cabinets and gaps in walls.
The children’s cries of “Dada, Ali!” are so piercing that Sayyed can hear them in the darkness of his home, The Daily Mail reported.
The scorpion has claimed 13 children’s lives in the past four months, even turning on one parent, Ashraf al-Sharif, who had a severe allergy to scorpions, according to The Daily Mail.
A Facebook group called “Save Ali al-Shatti” is coordinating with NASA on the quest to catch the scorpion.
“We need your help!” Al-Sharif told a reporter at the group’s Facebook page. “It took us one day to find Ali al-Shatti in his house next door, but now he is in every house!”
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