Rare spi­ders bred in zoo

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ONE of the rarest spi­ders has been bred in cap­tiv­ity in what is be­lieved to be a world’s first.

More than 1,000 De­ser­tas wolf spi­der­lings, classed as crit­i­cally en­dan­gered, have hatched at Bris­tol Zoo Gar­dens.

Keep­ers hand-reared some of the spi­der­lings from tiny eggs, as they are so pre­cious.

They cur­rently mea­sure just 4mm in di­am­e­ter but will grow to be huge black and white adults ( above) up to 12cm in size.

The species is cur­rently found in one val­ley on De­ser­tas Grande, one of the De­ser­tas is­lands near Madeira, Por­tu­gal.

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