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Humongous tarantula the size of a BRICK spotted crawling up wall after escaping home

A TERRIFIED man found a humongous tarantula the size of a BRICK on a wall after it had escaped its home.  

Tony Upton-Huang, 57, returned home from dropping his partner off at work, only to discover the hairy beast clinging to his next-door neighbours home in Swindon.

Speaking to WiltshireLive, the 57-year-old said that he only noticed the spider as he went to open a back window for ventilation.

He said: "I had just dropped my misses off at work and when I got home, the house was feeling quite warm. I

"I opened up the back window and I looked out across my back garden

and thought what's that on the wall?

“I looked a little bit closer and it was a humongous spider."

Despite his initial “shock”, the man quickly sprung to action and decided to capture the huge beast, despite its potential threat to humans.    

He explained: "When I get a spider inside the house, I normally just use a glass to catch it and slide a piece of cardboard underneath, but a glass wasn't going to work this time.

"I found a small tub and got the mop to prod it a little bit to ease it down of the wall.

“Once it was in the tub, I left the lid off a bit so it has some air and left it in the greenhouse.

He swiftly rang Wiltshire Police as he attempted to establish how harmful the spider could be.

Tarantulas are the largest spiders in the world and are filled with poisonous venom.

Humans will not die if they are bitten, but they may feel a painful, aggravating sensation.

The RSPCA, who eventually arranged to collect the spider, usually urge people to not handle or approach them.

When asked if he was fearful for his own safety whilst undertaking the
rescue mission, he said: "I'm 57-years-old, if it bites me and kill me, I've had a full life."

Adding: "If it's radioactive, I might turn into Spider-Man - that could be fun."

In a post on Facebook, North Somerset Reptile Rescue confirmed that
the curlyhair tarantula has since been reunited with his owner.

It read: “Owner has been located and this little guy is being collected tomorrow.

“His escape was an accident and obviously will be avoided in future!

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