A family were horrified to discover a massive spider hitched a ride in their luggage all the way from from Australia. The enormous Huntsman spider was found in a shipping container full of the family’s belongings. Animal collection officer, Annie Janes, said: “He was about the size of my two hands put together, roughly 18cm, so quite something to look at.”
The giant 18cm arachnid had hitched a ride from Brisbane to Merstham in Redhill, Surrey – a journey of around 10,000 miles – and was found among cases at a removals company. It turned out he had survived by eating locusts, which were also among the belongings. Staff immediately called the RSPCA who managed to safely confine the large spider without being bitten.
ACO Janes added: “This huntsman spider is quite the traveler, surviving a journey of over 10,000 miles inside the removal container. From the empty locust shells found in the container it seems he has thankfully been able to find food during that length of time, but it’s a long time to go without water, and he’s lucky he didn’t get squished by any boxes or furniture.” The spider was taken to Heathrow Animal Reception in Hounslow, who will arrange for him to be rehomed to a specialist.