Along came a spi­der – a rather large one

Mum’s shock at find­ing taran­tula in her home

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A SOUTH Ruis­lip woman said she was ‘hys­ter­i­cal’ af­ter she found a gi­ant taran­tula while clean­ing her home.

Lind­say Her­lihy, 32, phoned the RSPCA af­ter spot­ting the mas­sive spi­der but they told her they couldn’t come out un­less she could ac­tu­ally see the spi­der, re­ported The Sun.

But since the eight­legged in­truder had scut­tled away, Lind­say and her fam­ily were forced to go on the hunt.

She told The Sun: “I was pan­ick­ing, cry­ing and hys­ter­i­cal and phoned [hus­band] Thomas try­ing to tell him what had hap­pened and I think be­cause of my re­ac­tion he did ac­tu­ally be­lieve me.”

Lin­day’s hus­band fi­nally found the mon­ster arach­nid be­hind a drain­pipe and the RSPCA ar­rived to whisk the taran­tula away.

I was pan­ick­ing, cry­ing and hys­ter­i­cal... I phys­i­cally couldn’t con­trol my­self”

The spi­der is be­lieved to be a Poe­cilothe­ria taran­tula from In­dia and may be an es­caped pet.

It has pow­er­ful venom, and while not deadly can cause cramps and in­tense pain.

The seven-inch spi­der has now been re-homed with ex­pert Belinda Guildford-Payn in Iver near Uxbridge.

Lind­say added: “I phys­i­cally couldn’t con­trol my­self be­cause I was shak­ing. The girls were hys­ter­i­cal as well be­cause of how I re­acted, which wasn’t good.”

n DUST YOUR­SELF DOWN: Lind­say Her­lihy found the taran­tula while clean­ing her house in Ruis­lip

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