Giant Spider Found in Shipping Container from Asia
A giant stowaway spider that travelled from
The large huntsman gave staff working at the Seventies BMX parts company on
He said: “My mate saw it on the box I was holding. He froze and couldn’t get his words out fast enough. It was as big as of the palm of my hand. We managed to get it into a big plastic container where we kept it while we called the RSPCA. I thought it was plastic at first as it wasn’t moving, but the minute it was in the sunlight it started to warm up and was running around and jumping up the side of the box. We get containers like this all the time and we have always joked that one day we’d 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 huntsman spider was collected by the RSPCA on the same day before being delivered to its new home at
Spider expert, Angela Hale from
RSPCA inspector Tony Woodley, who delivered the spider to
“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,” he said.