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Asbestos tarantula on the loose in Cardiff


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Many people are terrified of spiders. Those with a phobia of these creepy crawlies may not want to read the following article. Arachnophobes look away now.

A team of surveyors were horrified to discover the skin of a huge tarantula in a Cardiff house - the creature is now believed to be roaming free whilst coated in asbestos.

Tarantulas often provoke the greatest fear in people – they are, admittedly, very big and very hairy.

However, they are generally one of the safest spiders to be around; many tarantulas are calm creatures who will not attack unless provoked, and produce a weak venom about as dangerous as a bee or wasp sting.

A tarantula becomes much more dangerous though, when its covered in asbestos.

Workers from the asbestos removal business Kuston Vorland discovered an apparently ‘huge’ tarantula skin in an abandoned house in Cardiff earlier this week. These arachnids shed their skin and swell in size afterwards, which means the creature could now be almost double the size of its discarded skin-jacket. Nice! The spider could also be coated in asbestos, as the building in which it made its home was riddled with the stuff.

The Cardiff Reptile Centre were shown a picture of the skin and confirmed it was most definitely a tarantula, possibly of the Chilean Rose variety.

Katie Parsons-Young was the unlucky surveyor who lifted up a floorboard of the crumbling Welsh house to find a hairy leg underneath. Speaking to Wales Online, she recounted shakily: “We had lighting in there so we moved the lighting to the other area of the attic where I was and could see there was something...I was the first in. I sort of saw a leg, screamed and went.”

The majority of the team fled the house in terror after the horrific discovery, but a small number of brave souls summoned up the courage to remain. They picked up the dreaded skin (which at the time they believed was simply a dead tarantula).

If the spider is indeed a Chilean Rose, then it is a docile type of tarantula. What’s more dangerous is the fact it may be asbestos-coated. This is not an animal you want to stroke. It is not known if the Cardiff tarantula was a lost pet or if there is a breeding population in the area.

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