Staff at a BMX distribution centre were empyting parts from the Taiwanese delivery when they spotted the spider. It is thought to have travelled thousands of sea miles! Staff commented that ”
We get containers like this all the time and we have always joked that one day wed open one up to find some kind of ferocious animal in there, but I never expected to find a spider as big as this”
The RSPCA were called and the spider has now been rehomed at Drusillas Zoo Park in Alfriston, near Eastbourne. Tony Woodley, an RSPCA inspector said the spider did not represent a deadly threat.
“Huntsman spiders can give you a nasty bite, but they arent likely to cause too much harm unless you suffer an allergic reaction, he said. However, because they are so big and they run around so quickly, they are probably an arachnophobes worst nightmare. Spiders can survive a long time without food and water. The cold is going to be the main problem for them, but it probably survived the journey because the weather has been fairly mild”
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