AN Australian zoo has called on the public to help them collect deadly funnel-web spiders. Yes, really!
The Australian Reptile Park has asked people to keep an eye out for the creepy critters in their homes and gardens, even releasing a video on how to catch them safely. Funnel-web spiders are found in southeastern Australia and a bite from them can be fatal, if left untreated.
The zoo isn’t doing this for fun, though. It needs the spiders to milk them for an anti-venom programme. The venom can be made into an antidote used to cure snake and funnel-web spider bites. Currently, supplies of the antidote are running low.