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Giant huntsman spider found in Hay-on-Wye cafe
A HUGE spider native to Australia has been found in a cafe in Hay-on-Wye.
The huntsman spider, which is about the size of a tennis ball, was identified by Hay vets after being captured at The Granary yesterday morning (Tuesday).
A waitress spotted the creature crawling up a customer’s back. It was knocked to the floor, then caught in a plastic tub.
The customer had recently returned from Australia and believes the spider , nicknamed Cyril, might have stowed away in his luggage.
“We get a lot of visitors to Hay but not many of the eight-legged kind,” said Chris Davies, practice manager of the Hay Veterinary Group.
“It’s now heading to West Midlands Safari Park where, I think, it’s going to stay.”
The huntsman spider is not considered dangerous, but does have painful bite.
See tomorrow's Hereford Times for more.
- Picture used from Jon Richfield/Wikipedia.