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Man receives giant spider through the post

By T.K. Randall
September 3, 2015 · Comment icon 11 comments

The unsuspecting recipient got more than he bargained for. Image Credit: PD - Wikimedia
A man in the UK was shocked when he found a huge tarantula in a parcel that was sent to his house.
Anyone who has complained about receiving junk mail in the past might want to spare a thought for a man who this week opened up a parcel addressed to his new home in Bristol to find that it contained a Brazilian Salmon Pink Bird-eating Tarantula - the third largest species of spider in the world.

It turned out that the enormous arachnid had been sent by the house's previous owner to someone in Brazil but had been rejected at the destination and sent back in a "return to sender" package.

The spider had been living inside a special container within the parcel for several weeks.

With a leg-span of up to 28cm, the species can reach the size of a dinner plate and has something of a reputation for being quite aggressive. Along with its 2.5cm fangs the spider also possesses the ability to 'kick' hairs from its abdomen as a type of defense mechanism.
"When I examined the tarantula it was clear it was very unwell, as it was showing signs of dehydration and had lost a lot of hair from the abdomen," said vetinary surgeon Sonya Miles.

"It is common to send insects and some living creatures via the post, as long as they are clearly labelled in accordance with the postal service being used. "

"Although the package did adhere to all the regulations, it was just an unlucky situation that resulted in it not being collected by its intended owners."

The globe-trotting tarantula is now regaining its strength at an animal rescue center and it is hoped that it will eventually find a new home with a local spider enthusiast.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (11)

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Comment icon #2 Posted by ExpandMyMind 9 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nnicolette 9 years ago
Yes paranormalcy; I've been to jail.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Athena1979 9 years ago
I had a wolf spider find a home in my basement. Friendly little guy, but I was not a fan of my basement until he moved out. I would probably have a heart attack if I opened a box to find a big spider in it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Spider-mail, Spider-mail, Open it and your heart could fail, Watch it jump, Watch it run, Quickly, somebody grab a gun! Lookout! You've got some spider-mail! Showing my age once again! Bwhahaha!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Two of Hearts 9 years ago
my dinner! it's ruined, damnit!
Comment icon #7 Posted by BeastieRunner 9 years ago
WTF people!? Why would you do that!?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Two of Hearts 9 years ago
either 1 for a pet or 2 for food. my cuz was going to post me one when i was younger
Comment icon #9 Posted by Paranomali 9 years ago
I can barely even look at the photo of the spider, it terrifies me more than anything, it's so irrational! I think if it was me, i honestly would of passed out cold or run out of the house screaming... please no one ever do this to me
Comment icon #10 Posted by jarjarbinks 9 years ago
During all that time alone in the box, that spider thought of his revenge against mankind
Comment icon #11 Posted by paperdyer 9 years ago
I just wonder how long the guy lived there and how long the spider was in the box if the spider had been sent by a previous owner of the house.

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