UK Terror - The Chilean Rose Hair

Ictinike

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Tarantulas on the loose in Britain
Britain could be facing a tarantula invasion after a number of the spiders were discovered in gardens in some parts of the country, wildlife experts have warned.



The RSPCA has issued an alert urging people to be on their guard amid fears a large batch of the spider has escaped in the north of the country.

The alert came after two separate incidents involving 10cm-wide Chilean Rose tarantulas in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The rare arachnids, capable of blinding people by spitting hairs in their eyes, were both found in back gardens within two miles of each other.

Both spiders are the same age, breed and gender.

Experts said it suggested they could be part of a larger batch. The slow-moving large spiders from South America are a popular breed among collectors.

Lisa Broad, 20, found the first spider in her garden on the Oldhams Estate in Sharples.

She called the RSPCA, who re-homed the creature, named Fang, at Smithills Open Farm.

Three-and-a-half weeks later another woman from Lostock discovered another tarantula, which was sitting on her garden wall.

The woman, who did not want to be named, eventually trapped it under a plant pot on her path and alerted the RSPCA.

Derek Hampson, an inspector for the animal welfare charity, said: "We advised her to keep it under the plant pot until we arrived. They can quite happily go a week without food, so it was quite content.

"It got a bit aggressive when I picked it up. I wore safety goggles as these creatures can spit hairs which can blind you.

"It is possible there could be more out there, but unfortunately we havent got the resources to search for them."

He added: "It is up to members of the public to call us if they spot any."

Mr Hampson took the female, which is known to kill the male after mating, to Bugworld in Liverpool.

Jenny Dobson, the Bugworld curator, said: "It is rare for one of these to come in and we saw... there had been another with the same characteristics found outdoors.

"It is likely they came from the same place.

"It would be too much of a coincidence otherwise for two breakouts and they cant survive in the wild for long with the UK climate.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7913369/Tarantulas-on-the-loose-in-Britain.html

Wow... :clap: July 28th of 2010..
 

Ictinike

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Bah Cass! :D

I didn't think to search TWH..

Oh well, let's let the poor re-post die in peace, lol :D
 

GPulchra

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I smell a new episode of Penn & Teller: Bull$#!%. This week's episode- tarantula invasions.

And rare arachnids? I wouldn't even be able to give away a sling because they're so common!
 

Chris_Skeleton

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I remember when my rosea spit hairs in my face {D
It reared up in a threat pose and spread it's fangs and BAM hairs came flying out of it's mouth. :D
 

possumburg

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Darn man I just bought one of these and that never came up in my research! I hope it doesn't go all cobra on me! {D
 

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The RSPCA has issued an alert urging people to be on their guard amid fears a large batch of the spider has escaped in the north of the country.
:wall::rolleyes:




The rare arachnids, capable of blinding people by spitting hairs in their eyes, were both found in back gardens within two miles of each other.
:wall:

Both spiders are the same age, breed and gender.
You can't determine their age with size! How would you know two you haven't raised yourself were the same age? Also, learn what a breed is..

they cant survive in the wild for long with the UK climate.
Well, you got something right. :rolleyes:

Yes, I was this bored..
 

mcluskyisms

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This story has been posted all over the UK boards about a fortnight ago, It is amazing how naive the press are that they can latch onto something as minor as someone releasing a couple of G.rosea and make it sound like Armageddon is coming......
 

spiderworld

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This story has been posted all over the UK boards about a fortnight ago, It is amazing how naive the press are that they can latch onto something as minor as someone releasing a couple of G.rosea and make it sound like Armageddon is coming......
***LOL***LOL again
 

Teal

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*giggles* Oh come now, folks... we all know what little monsters our G. rosea can be. People should be worried :p
 

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Guys don't be so hard on them. The UK just wanted their own monster. We have Cloverfield, Japan has Godzilla, and now the UK has the giant killer Rose Hair. I think I almost peed myself thinking about it. :rolleyes:
 

mcluskyisms

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Guys don't be so hard on them. The UK just wanted their own monster. We have Cloverfield, Japan has Godzilla, and now the UK has the giant killer Rose Hair. I think I almost peed myself thinking about it. :rolleyes:
Nah, we have David Cameron......
 

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It sounded like the guy who caught it wanted to make it sound more dangerous than it was. This is how the public gets misconstrued information. They get it from people who don't fully know what they are talking about. It sounded like he wanted to look like a hero.

Also, he said they "spit" hairs. Lol
 
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