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Zoo workers repair tarantula with "superglue"

By T.K. Randall
June 22, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments

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The veterinarian staff at the Oklahoma City Zoo repair a cut on a tarantula by using "superglue".
After figuring out that an exposed blob on the tarantula's abdomen was its innards, zoo vets gently pushed them back in and sealed up the cut with a skin adhesive that is similar to superglue for living creatures.
The brown tarantula gently sandwiched between Jeff Rife's hands didn't move or fuss much as an Oklahoma City Zoo staff member glued it back together. The spider is about 6 or 7 years old and has been a resident of the Oklahoma Trails exhibit since it opened in 2007, said Rife, antelope supervisor at the zoo.

Source: NewsOK | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by ShaunCro 13 years ago
Well superglue was invented to repair wounds while on the battlefield.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Taut 13 years ago
Yep! Works on people, why not? Do it all the time in the ER. Dang Verneph, sounds like the voice of experience or expertise!
Comment icon #4 Posted by HerNibs 13 years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by Verneph 13 years ago
Yep! Works on people, why not? Do it all the time in the ER. Dang Verneph, sounds like the voice of experience or expertise! Well, I have two pet Tarantula's myself. I've just done my research is all.
Comment icon #6 Posted by wolfknight 13 years ago
Superglue has many uses.
Comment icon #7 Posted by 27vet 13 years ago
Tortoise shells too, and human uses as well (talkative mother-in-law).
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mentalcase 13 years ago
Superglue has many uses. Nope only one! Gluing things in a super way.
Comment icon #9 Posted by AliveInDeath 13 years ago
Nibs Awh I love how they pieced her back together. Glad they didn't just leave her to rot.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DigitalDreamer 13 years ago
I love my spider rosie with all Muh heart,This info shall help me if shes ever injured.Thanks
Comment icon #11 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove 13 years ago
Well, if super glue fails, there's always duct tape.

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