Humans aren’t alone in trying to escape extreme weather caused by climate change – even the world’s most dangerous animals must look for refuge.
We all know by now that climate change is causing strange and powerful weather events around the globe. Humanity must come up with novel ways to deal with them as they continue to become more rampant and routine.
But just as these unpredictable storms force us inside our homes for safety, animals must seek out protection, too – and occasionally, this search for refuge results in humans coming face to face with extremely dangerous visitors.
This is what happened last week, when heavy rain, lightning, and thunderstorms engulfed Aswan, the largest city in southern Egypt.
As the unrelenting rainstorm triggered flash flooding, thousands of fat-tailed scorpions were swept from their desert burrows and forced to look for drier territory in mountainside villages.
After entering through cracks in the walls of mud-brick houses, the yellow 4-inch scorpions stung at least 500 people, causing them to be hospitalised.