Thursday, 29 July 2010

Two tarantulas discovered in Bolton in less than month

The first was found in Selkirk Road, Sharples, on 23 June. The
second was discovered in Junction Road West, Lostock, on 21 July.
Both were Chilean rose haired tarantulas. The RSPCA said they
believe they either escaped or were dumped as they were in good
They said there was no way to know if there were others on the
loose but said they did not pose a danger to people.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Derek Hampson, who was called out to
the second finding, said: "Tarantulas are not venomous so the
risk they pose to the public is very, very slim.

Cover with container
"They can flick hairs from their body when they're agitated,
which might cause damage if it ended up in an eye but that would
be all."

He said it was rare to find two tarantulas in one town in such a
short space of time.
"I've only picked up two or three in the past 10 years," he

One of the tarantulas was given to Smithills Open Farm in Bolton
and the other is now at the Bugworld Experience in Liverpool.
Mr Hampson advised anyone who finds a tarantula to cover it with
a container and contact the RSPCA."
28 July 2010 Last updated at 16:18

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