‘Huge’ stowaway spider from Japan shocks Old Newton farm workers

Workers at a storage company in Old Newton had a surprise when they opened a shipping container to unload goods and found a huge spider inside. Photo: RSPCA.

Workers at a storage company in Old Newton had a surprise when they opened a shipping container to unload goods and found a huge spider inside. Photo: RSPCA.

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Workers at an Old Newton farm thought they had been struck with a Friday the thirteenth curse when they found a huge spider lurking inside a shipping container.

Staff were unsure what to do with the giant arachnid which had scuttled out of the container, believed to have been a Japanese stowaway.

Workers at a storage company in Old Newton had a surprise when they opened a shipping container to unload goods and found a huge spider inside. Photo: RSPCA.

Workers at a storage company in Old Newton had a surprise when they opened a shipping container to unload goods and found a huge spider inside. Photo: RSPCA.

The RSPCA was contacted and Animal Collection Officer (ACO) Naemi Kilbey picked up the eight-legged creature.

“Workers who found the spider definitely thought it was a Friday the 13th jinx,” she said.

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

“Although these spiders, usually from Australia, are large and can grow to more than 15cm in size, they are generally harmless.

I must admit I’d get a bit of a shock if I was unloading some stock a huge Huntsman spider crawled out

Naemi Kilbey, Animal Collection Officer, RSPCA

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

“We would advise anyone who comes across an unusual exotic animal or any animal in distress to contact our 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.”

The spider, which had been confined in the container by the workers, was collected by ACO Kilbey and taken to a local exotic animal specialist.

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