Above is a photo of the average British house spider. An almost entirely non-harmful arachnid that you’re likely to find running around in the bath.
However despite the odds you’re more likely to win the lottery than get a bite off this hairy criter, something about those eight legs continue to give folk the creeps.
Hopefully those that get a fright from said spiders never bump into the bird-eating beast below.
This is a salmon pink Brazilian bird-eating spider, which is as big as a human head, and was found abandoned in a plastic box on Narborough Road, Leicester, according to Sky News. Poor
little massive guy.
Yes, you read that right. This gargantuan beast – who can grow to a leg-span of 10 inches – was found in Leicester. Not Australia, not South America, Leicester. Holy shit.
But this story gets even better as the poor ol’ bastard who made the discovery was actually scared of spiders in the first place and has been left ‘understandably shaken’.
The animal, which is thought to be the third largest species of tarantula, sadly appears to have been an unwanted pet left in a box by an owner who struggled to look after it.
Animal collection officer, Steve Smith, explained:
We would recommend that anyone interested in keeping a tarantula as a pet thoroughly research the particular species’ needs carefully first before deciding to get one, so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for.
He added that although the bird-eater may look as terrifying as they come, it ‘was not agressive at all’ when approached.
Despite being left to die by its previous owner, the spider is fortunately now being cared for by a specialist keeper.
And remember: salmon pink Brazilian bird-eating spider’s aren’t just for Christmas. Seriously.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.