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Suffolk makes top 10 list of scariest RSPCA rescues as giant spider from Japan found in county

PUBLISHED: 13:46 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:11 01 November 2017

This large spider was found in Suffolk. Picture: RSPCA

This large spider was found in Suffolk. Picture: RSPCA


To celebrate Halloween the RSPCA has revealed it’s top 10 scariest rescues from the past year - including one from Suffolk.

A giant spider managed to travel from Japan to Suffolk in a shipping container.

The arachnid was discovered at a storage company in Old Newton when workers were unloading goods from a crate.

The RSPCA was called on a creepy January day, on Friday the 13th, to collect the eight-legged creature.

Animal collection officer Naemi Kilbey said: “Workers who found the spider definitely thought it was a Friday the 13th jinx.

“I must admit I’d get a bit of a shock if I was unloading some stock and a huge huntsman spider crawled out!

“Although these spiders, native to places such as Australia, New Zealand and Florida, are large and have a leg-span of up to 15cm, they are generally harmless.

“While a bite from one of these arachnids could cause some pain and discomfort, they are not a highly venomous spider.”

The spider was taken to a local exotic animal specialist who kept her permanently.

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