A TORQUAY landlady is on the hunt for a giant tarantula on the run in her garden.
The creature described ‘as brown and hairy and about the size of a man’s hand’ was spotted among leaves in the garden of a flat she rents in Ellacombe.
Landlady Sonia McGrath said: “I thought it was a mouse at first but then I saw these big hairy legs.
“I dropped everything and went straight home.”
Sonia returned with her husband Kevin armed with a broom handle and a large fishing net but the creature managed to scramble behind a fence panel and hasn’t been seen since.
It is thought to have been left behind by a previous tenant.
Sonia consulted with Paignton Zoo and pet shops in Torquay.
“They told me that it is harmless but won’t survive if it gets too cold so I desperately want to find it.
“I can’t see myself picking it up but want to make sure it is safe.”
She said that the spiders eat cockroaches and crickets which can be bought live from specialist pet shops.
“But I’ll have to catch it first before I can feed it.”