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Giant tarantula on the run in Torquay

By HEHannahFinch  |  Posted: August 24, 2013


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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.”

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  • Tracyhf  |  August 27 2013, 1:15PM

    Well... if it is a Chilean rose or similar it would eat crickets and suchlike, but not realistically the size of a man's hand (unless you ironed it flat lol) whereas if it is a Goliath Bird eater it certainly would be that size, but would probably eat...well birds. Maybe it could be encouraged to pick on seagulls instead, downside of course would be a spider so big you would hear all 8 legs coming stomping behind you. Certainly could do with being found asap though in all seriousness, I wonder if the neighbours realise it sheds its skin, which isn't like a snake skin, but actually looks like another spider. eek!

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  • Timeferret  |  August 26 2013, 5:53PM

    Arrrrrgh....run to the hills!

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