Thursday 19 September 2019

Killer spiders found in Carlow home

Black widows' venom causes cramps and fever but their bites are rarely fatal (SPCA/PA)
Black widows' venom causes cramps and fever but their bites are rarely fatal (SPCA/PA)

Sarah Stack

More than 100 lethal spiders ordered over the internet were discovered in a house.

The killer black widow and funnel-web spiders, as well as scorpions and tarantulas, were discovered in the property Co Carlow by the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary (NEAS).

A man called the centre after a house was vacated and more than 100 spiders, which had been bought over the internet, were left in the property.

NEAS manager Kevin Cunningham said they had to go in to the property with an expert and catalogue the species and destroy the potentially lethal ones.

The animal refuge in Meath has called for a new dangerous wild animal act in Ireland to stop the growing number of dangerous and exotic animals being bought over the internet for pets.

Other animals recently rescued included a North American racoon which was found in the passenger seat of a car in Co Tipperary.

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