Bird eating tarantula found in Leicester Street

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The Bird eating tarantula as big as a human hand has been found in Leicester. The discovery was made by a man who found the spider is said to be ‘scared’ of them and has been “understandably shaken”.

The spider which can grow to a leg-span of 10 inches was found abandoned in a plastic box in Narborough Road.

He alerted the RSPCA to the spider which is believed to be the third-largest species of the tarantula.

Steve Smith from the RSPCA said that it would be likely that the spider was an unwanted pet, left by an owner who may have struggled to look after it.

He said: “We would recommend that anyone interested in keeping a tarantula as a pet thoroughly research the particular species’ needs carefully first before deciding to get one, so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for.”

Mr Smith said despite the size of the spider they are “not aggressive at all”, The spider is now be cared for by a specialist keeper.