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Waitrose accidentally delivers deadly Brazilian spider to a south London home

Posted at 8:00 am, October 21, 2014 in News

brazilian wandering spider ©Geoff Gallice
© Geoff Gallice

Have you heard the myth about spiders laying eggs in the tops of bananas? Don’t google it, you’ll put yourself off bananas for life. Well, we don’t want to freak you all out, but a family in south London has experienced a spider-related incident even more terrifying than biting into a sack of baby arachnids.

While unpacking his Waitrose home delivery, father of two Tim, who declined to give his surname, discovered a scary looking spider on his bunch of bananas. Understandably, he dropped them and fortunately managed to trap its leg in the process. After some intense googling, he discovered it was a Brazilian Wandering Spider, which has been named ‘world’s deadliest spider’ by the Guinness Book of World Records.

While the family picked up the phone to contact the arachnid experts (ie Waitrose), this beastly blighter tore its own leg off to escape and left behind a sackful of thousands of babies. Is your skin crawling yet?

By the time Waitrose’s spider-trained staff reached the house, the spider had crawled away and found a new hiding place. Tim and his family left their home while an expert disposed of the spider eggs and, after a lengthy standoff during which the spider reportedly stood on its back legs and bared its fangs, the beast was trapped and removed from the premises. Phew!

So anyway, you enjoy that ‘healthy’ snack. We’re sticking to crisps for the time being.

By Laura Sagar

For more fun news stories take a look at the #waterstonestexan and the girl trapped in a dark train overnight.

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