Wednesday 22 November 2017

Friday 13th giant spider shock for storage company workers

The giant Huntsman spider was found in a shipping container (RSPCA/PA)
The giant Huntsman spider was found in a shipping container (RSPCA/PA)

A giant Huntsman spider from Japan was found by workers who opened a shipping container in the UK.

It scuttled out when staff at a storage company in Old Newton, near Stowmarket, Suffolk, opened the container to unload it on Friday January 13.

RSPCA officer Naemi Kilbey, who was called to collect the stowaway, said: "Workers who found the spider definitely thought it was a Friday the 13th jinx.

"I must admit I'd get a bit of a shock if I was unloading some stock and a huge Huntsman spider crawled out!"

Huntsman spiders, usually from Australia, can grow to more than 6in (15cm) in size but are generally harmless.

While a bite from a Huntsman could cause some pain and discomfort, they are not a highly venomous species.

The spider was confined in the container by the workers, collected by the RSPCA and taken to a local exotic animal specialist who will keep it.

Press Association

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