Japanese finds scorpion in jeans [BBC 2006-12-19]
[Photo] Scorpion found in Okinawa. Photo: The Okinawa Prefecture North Health Office. Some scorpions' stings are deadly, but this one is not life-threatening.
A Japanese woman trying on a pair of jeans in a shop got a shock when she was stung by a scorpion hidden inside.
The woman, on the southern island of Okinawa, ended up in hospital for five days as a result of the sting, which was not life-threatening.
Local health officials captured the 5cm (2 inch) scorpion, which was believed to be a Chinese bark scorpion.
It is thought to have travelled inside the jeans from China, where they were made.
Officials told the Mainichi Daily News that the woman, who was not named, felt a sudden pain in her right knee as she tried the trousers on.
When she rubbed the area with her hand, the scorpion then stung her right index finger.