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Silk worm survives journey from China to Fife

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Image caption The silk moth only lives for about a week after it hatches from its silk cocoon

A silk worm which survived a trip from China to Fife has emerged as a moth.

Linda Greenshields, who visited China with her daughters, got a surprise when she was unpacking at home and found a silk worm cocoon in their luggage.

Mrs Greenshields, from Dunfermline, said: "We visited a silk worm farm and I think one of my daughters must have taken the cocoon and put it in my bag.

"At first I thought it was just an empty cocoon and then two eyes appeared from it."

On finding the cocoon, Mrs Greenshields called the Scottish SPCA for advice.

Inspector Nicola Liddell, of the Scottish SPCA, said: "When I arrived at Mrs Greenshield's house to collect the silk worm cocoon, the moth had already hatched.

"It certainly isn't the type of animal we come across often but sometimes foreign animals do end up in Scotland via luggage or food imports.

"If anyone does find a creature from abroad we would always recommend not to touch it, but to contain it until we arrive by putting a box over it, with some small holes in the sides for air."

The moth, which will live for about a week, has been handed to staff at Butterfly and Insect World in Edinburgh.

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