Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Arachnophobes look away now: Could an asbestos-coated tarantula be on the loose in Cardiff?

Question: What's worse than a tarantula on the loose? Answer: A tarantula covered in asbestos on the loose. 

It's a scenario seemingly designed to give arachnophobes nightmares, but it's one that a team of asbestos experts working in an attic in Cardiff encountered earlier this week.

According to local press reports, a huge tarantula skin was discovered by workers from the asbestos removal business Kuston Vorlandon Tuesday afternoon.

Although not yet confirmed, Cardiff Reptile Centre, who were shown a picture of the skin, believe the animal could be a Chilean rose tarantula.

A spokesperson for the Reptile Centre said they were shown a picture of the skin in a plastic bag - and that it was definitely a tarantula - but they could not say for certain what species it was.

Wales Online reported that the skin was originally found after the asbestos removal team moved into a darkened loft area of an abandoned house in the Roath area of Cardiff.

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