An Unexpected Pet (Um Animal de Estimação Inesperado)

I love all animals.  It’s difficult to explain the bond I feel with animals but the feeling is deep…and it is mutual.  In the presence of animals I am one with nature and I know they feel the same way about me.  Someday I’d like to run an animal sanctuary for lost, injured or abandoned animals.  Until then, I will try to learn as much as I can about them and will do everything possible to preserve them on our earth.

During my first few weeks in Florence I had the pleasure of unknowingly hosting a pet.  On one very cold night…during a deep and beautiful sleep, I was awakened by a stinging pain on my left arm.  I remember rubbing my arm and thinking, “what a powerful mosquito”.  I assumed the bite was from a mosquito because included in our university orientation materials was a section on essential items.  The text mentioned we should have mosquito repellent because mosquitoes are common even in the winter.

I had heard a mosquito buzzing around a few nights prior to the “bite night” so I figured that’s who bit me.  The bite was very painful and kept me awake for a good 5 minutes but exhaustion took over and soon I was back to the nice deep sleep.  By morning my arm had only a little red bump on it, nothing like that from a mosquito bite.

A few days later I was in the bathroom and saw something moving on the floor in a corner.  From a distance it looked like a spider.  I almost ignored it but decided to take a closer look in case Italian spiders were more interesting than Gringo spiders.  And that’s when I met “the mosquito” with long arms and pincers for fingers.  I didn’t know what to do with him so I emailed the landlord to ask.  Below you will see our email exchange.  Read it from bottom to top.  By the way, I researched Italian scorpions and learned that they’re harmless (the landlord was telling the truth), they like to crawl into warm beds with people, and their bite hurts like a bee sting.  The strong sting on “bite night” make sense now.

—–Original Message—–
From: toFlorence
To: Priscilla
Sent: Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:24 pm
Subject: Re: Scorpion in Bathroom

BRAVA!!!!!

Il giorno 21/feb/2014, alle ore 12:45, Priscilla ha 
scritto:

> Hi ... I grabbed him with gloves, took him outside of the building and set him 
free...
> Priscilla
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Feb 21, 2014, at 9:09 AM, To Florence wrote:
>> 
>> Can you tell me the address of your apartment?
>> The italian scorpions are not dangers.
>> I am waiting your answer.
>> You kill it
>> 
>> Inviato da iPhone
>> 
>>> Il giorno 21/feb/2014, alle ore 08:58, Priscilla ha 
scritto:
>>> 
>>> Hi Emanuele, there is a scorpion in the bathroom... I'm not sure what to do 
about it because we don't have these in Florida.... Please advise.... 
>>> Thank you, Priscilla
>>> 
>>> <photo.JPG>
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
> 

————————————————–

Eu amo todos os animais. É difícil explicar o que sinto por eles, mas o sentimento é profundo… e é mútuo. Na presença de animais me sinto mais proxima a natureza e sei que eles sentem a mesma atração por mim. Um dia, eu gostaria de ter um santuário para animais perdidos, feridos ou abandonados. Até lá, vou tentar aprender o máximo que eu puder sobre eles e fará todo o possível para preservá-los em nosso mundo.

Durante minhas primeiras semanas em Florença, tive o prazer de hospedar (sem saber) um animal de estimação. Aconteceu numa noite muito fria… estava num sono profundo quando senti uma picada forte no meu braço esquerdo. Lembro que segurei o braço e pensei, “que mosquito poderoso”. Presumi que a mordida foi de um mosquito porque junto aos materiais da escola estava incluido uma lista de itens que deveriamos trazer para a estadia em Florença e, entre estes itens, estava o repellente. O texto dizia que devíamos ter repelente de mosquitos porque os mosquitos são comuns em Florença, mesmo no inverno.

Eu tinha escutado um mosquito zumbindo durante a semana então nao me preocupei, mesmo que mordida foi muito dolorosa e me manteve acordada por uns 5 minutos.  De manha o unico sinal da mordida era uma bolhinha vermelha no braço, nada parecida com mordida de mosquito.

Poucos dias depois da “noite mordida” eu estava no banheiro e vi algo movendo em um canto do chão. De longe parecia uma aranha. Eu quase ignorei, mas decidi dar uma olhada no caso em que as aranhas italianas fossem mais interessantes do que as aranhas da raça Gringo.  Foi ai que conheci  “mosquito” que tinha braços longos e pinças ao inves de dedos. Não sabia o que fazer com ele, então mandei um e-mail ao proprietário.  Abaixo você verá nossa troca de e-mail. Leia de baixo para cima. A propósito, eu pesquisei escorpiões italianos e aprendi que eles são inofensivos (o proprietario estava dizendo a verdade), eles gostam de entrar debaixo das cobertas de camas quentes, e suas mordidas dóem como uma picada de abelha. Então esta explicado a picada forte na “noite mordida”.

—–Original Message—–
From: toFlorence
To: Priscilla
Sent: Fri, Feb 21, 2014 2:24 pm
Subject: Re: Scorpion in Bathroom

BRAVA!!!!!

Il giorno 21/feb/2014, alle ore 12:45, Priscilla ha 
scritto:

> Hi ... I grabbed him with gloves, took him outside of the building and set him 
free...
> Priscilla
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Feb 21, 2014, at 9:09 AM, To Florence wrote:
>> 
>> Can you tell me the address of your apartment?
>> The italian scorpions are not dangers.
>> I am waiting your answer.
>> You kill it
>> 
>> Inviato da iPhone
>> 
>>> Il giorno 21/feb/2014, alle ore 08:58, Priscilla ha 
scritto:
>>> 
>>> Hi Emanuele, there is a scorpion in the bathroom... I'm not sure what to do 
about it because we don't have these in Florida.... Please advise.... 
>>> Thank you, Priscilla
>>> 
>>> <photo.JPG>
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
> 

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2 thoughts on “An Unexpected Pet (Um Animal de Estimação Inesperado)

  1. P,
    Glad to hear your visitor was harmless…
    I can picture you making sure “the creature” was set free.
    Miss you lots. Hugs

    • Hi Marta! Hopefully he’s happy and free somewhere in Florence 🙂 I’m finally free, too! This week is our Spring Break. Hopefully I’ll have time to prepare write some posts for the blog. There are so many nice things to share…so little time. It takes longer than usual to get the posts up because now I translate them for the Portuguese-speaking followers. Hugs

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