In Giltbrook, England, a woman was walking her dogs when she noticed an animal cage inside a dumpster. When she walked over to the trash to investigate, she discovered a tarantula crawling around inside. “I was curious, so I had a closer look, expecting it to be a mouse, and I was very surprised to see a tarantula in there,” says the woman. “The spider was clinging onto the side of the bin bag. I went home to my husband and asked him to come and look — he couldn’t believe it either. It’s not something you expect to find in a public bin.”
It was a tarantula which belonged to the Brazillian white tarantulas, which can grow up to the size of a human hand. The spider was clinging onto the side of the bin bag. I went home to my husband and asked him to come and look — he couldn’t believe it either. It’s not something you expect to find in a public bin.” The woman them called tv.
The spider’s previous owner had one day decided that he did not want spiders anymore, so he decided to abandon him in the dumpster. The woman called the RSPCA to help the poor animal. However, the rescuers were surprised as well. “It’s rare that we get reports of tarantulas in public so as I was making my way there, I was sure it would be a plastic toy or maybe just a piece of litter,” Teresa Potter, an inspector with the RSPCA.
Inspector Potter took the tarantula to the vet where she found that he was indeed in good health. The tarantula had had not been affected by the incident. However, she could not understand why anyone would do such a thing.
“We are concerned that someone abandoned a spider in a public bin like this,” Potter said. “It is likely that the spider was an unwanted pet which someone decided to dispose of for whatever reason. We would recommend that anyone interested in keeping a tarantula as a pet thoroughly research the particular species’ needs carefully first before deciding to get one, so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for.”
The tarantula was fortunate to have been discovered quickly since a little delay could have had adverse effects on the spider. “Luckily we have found someone who has taken the spider on, so the spider will now live the rest of their life being looked after properly,” Potter said.
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