Tarantula found on Pershore pavement

Worcester News: 1814583601. 28/04/14. Left to right - friends Scott Henry and Chris Chamberlain with the dead tarantula spider Chris found at the roadside in St Andrew's Road, Pershore. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5718246) 1814583601. 28/04/14. Left to right - friends Scott Henry and Chris Chamberlain with the dead tarantula spider Chris found at the roadside in St Andrew's Road, Pershore. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5718246)

A LARGE and potentially venemous tarantula is the last thing a Pershore dog walker expected to find in a residential area of the town on a Sunday afternoon.

But that is exactly what Chris Chamberlain discovered on the side of the path in St Andrew's Road, Pershore, at the weekend.

The 20-year-old was out walking his friend's dog, Gibson, in St Andrew's Road when he noticed the huge - but dead - tarantula in the grass, inches away from where he was walking.

"It was about 12.30pm," he said. "I spotted it as I was walking back to the house in the residential area. Gibson didn't notice it but I did. It was on the grass."

Mr Chamberlain decided to head back and told his friend Scott Henry, who works at the West Midland's Safari Park, about the scary looking spider.

"I told Scott because he works with animals," added Mr Chamberlain. "It's a bit worrying because these sort of things shouldn't be on the lose. I was a bit scared initially because I assumed it was alive. If it had been alive I would've run off because I'm not keen on spiders.

"It's bigger than the dogs paw, around the size of my palm, maybe a bit larger. It's not very nice."

Although the pair don't yet know what type of spider it is Mr Henry plans to find out when he returns to work at the safari park.

"After Chris told me what had happened we went up to have a look and we found it. It was definitely dead," said Mr Henry. "I am not sure what type it is though.

"I scooped it up in some tupperware and we have it at home now. I put a photo of it on Facebook and it got a lot of reaction."

The friends also don't know where the spider came from.

Angela Matthews, Mr Henry's mother, said she thinks it has either escaped or someone has just chucked it after it died.

"Luckily the dog didn't pick it up," she said. "But there are children and other dogs all around here. I think either it's escaped, someone's been playing with it outside and dropped it and it's died and they have left it there or it's died and they have just chucked it out. It shouldn't have been left there."

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9:46am Tue 29 Apr 14

brooksider says...

Potentially venemous, Worcester News spelling not mine, or potentially a tarantula?
Found in the grass or on the pavement?
How large is a dogs paw, or Chris's palm?
So many questions, so few answers.
Potentially venemous, Worcester News spelling not mine, or potentially a tarantula? Found in the grass or on the pavement? How large is a dogs paw, or Chris's palm? So many questions, so few answers. brooksider
  • Score: 16

10:19am Tue 29 Apr 14

MulsanneChap says...

This will somehow probably be seen as the highways department's fault by some people by virtue of the fact a venomous tarantula has found its way on the public highway. Why isn't the highway secure from such creatures? Where's the safeguards? Someone at County Hall should be sacked for this!
This will somehow probably be seen as the highways department's fault by some people by virtue of the fact a venomous tarantula has found its way on the public highway. Why isn't the highway secure from such creatures? Where's the safeguards? Someone at County Hall should be sacked for this! MulsanneChap
  • Score: 12

10:26am Tue 29 Apr 14

CJH says...

Waiting for someone to set up a 'web' site for this...
Waiting for someone to set up a 'web' site for this... CJH
  • Score: 12

11:15am Tue 29 Apr 14

New Kid on the Block says...

I'm waiting for Jabbadad to blame the CONservatives.
It will be about the only thing they aren't responsible for if he doesn't.
I'm waiting for Jabbadad to blame the CONservatives. It will be about the only thing they aren't responsible for if he doesn't. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 13

12:19pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
I'm waiting for Jabbadad to blame the CONservatives. It will be about the only thing they aren't responsible for if he doesn't.
No immigration is to blame surely?.....coming over here and taking jobs from our "home grown" spiders!! Grrrrr
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: I'm waiting for Jabbadad to blame the CONservatives. It will be about the only thing they aren't responsible for if he doesn't.[/p][/quote]No immigration is to blame surely?.....coming over here and taking jobs from our "home grown" spiders!! Grrrrr pinkfluff
  • Score: 16

12:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Leeolitina says...

"It's a bit worrying because these sort of things shouldn't be on the lose."

That's the trouble with spell checker - lose and loose are both valid spellings, but one them doesn't belong - don't people check what they write before pressing the send button any more?
"It's a bit worrying because these sort of things shouldn't be on the lose." That's the trouble with spell checker - lose and loose are both valid spellings, but one them doesn't belong - don't people check what they write before pressing the send button any more? Leeolitina
  • Score: 7

1:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

lotus1 says...

Leeolitina wrote:
"It's a bit worrying because these sort of things shouldn't be on the lose."

That's the trouble with spell checker - lose and loose are both valid spellings, but one them doesn't belong - don't people check what they write before pressing the send button any more?
obviously not, seeing you missed out "of" in your sentence ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Leeolitina[/bold] wrote: "It's a bit worrying because these sort of things shouldn't be on the lose." That's the trouble with spell checker - lose and loose are both valid spellings, but one them doesn't belong - don't people check what they write before pressing the send button any more?[/p][/quote]obviously not, seeing you missed out "of" in your sentence ;-) lotus1
  • Score: 12

4:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mohaa says...

A LARGE and potentially venemous tarantula is the last thing a Pershore dog walker expected to find in a residential area of the town on a Sunday afternoon.......it was dead ......so sh*t story......
A LARGE and potentially venemous tarantula is the last thing a Pershore dog walker expected to find in a residential area of the town on a Sunday afternoon.......it was dead ......so sh*t story...... mohaa
  • Score: 4

7:14pm Tue 29 Apr 14

old misery says...

You should waik round my village all you will see is dog mess even spiders dont walk round here
You should waik round my village all you will see is dog mess even spiders dont walk round here old misery
  • Score: 10

7:48pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Jay1981 says...

There venom isnt really harmful to people its mild. Now if it was a sidney funnel web that would be a different story.
There venom isnt really harmful to people its mild. Now if it was a sidney funnel web that would be a different story. Jay1981
  • Score: 2

7:55pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Little Miss Villa says...

RIP Mr/Mrs Spider
RIP Mr/Mrs Spider Little Miss Villa
  • Score: 1

8:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Iceanita says...

I have 8 pet tarantulas and you are more likely to die from a bee sting than one of them biting you. Potentially venomous haha how do you think they eat without venom those fangs aren't just there to look pretty ;P I doubt you would find a live one sat chilling in the grass by nature they like to hide away and not sit around for dog walkers to find them (notice how dog walkers are ALWAYS the ones to find bodies eh ;P)
I have 8 pet tarantulas and you are more likely to die from a bee sting than one of them biting you. Potentially venomous haha how do you think they eat without venom those fangs aren't just there to look pretty ;P I doubt you would find a live one sat chilling in the grass by nature they like to hide away and not sit around for dog walkers to find them (notice how dog walkers are ALWAYS the ones to find bodies eh ;P) Iceanita
  • Score: 4

8:51pm Tue 29 Apr 14

southport75 says...

We have 11 pet tarantulas ...is this definitely a dead spider and not just a spider moult?
We have 11 pet tarantulas ...is this definitely a dead spider and not just a spider moult? southport75
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Tarantulaguy says...

It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil.

Might want to use spell check before posting further articles. Not sure who the biggest Muppet's are here the person who wrote this, the editor for allowing the spelling to be published or the guy that found it.
It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil. Might want to use spell check before posting further articles. Not sure who the biggest Muppet's are here the person who wrote this, the editor for allowing the spelling to be published or the guy that found it. Tarantulaguy
  • Score: 4

11:31pm Tue 29 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

Tarantulaguy wrote:
It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil.

Might want to use spell check before posting further articles. Not sure who the biggest Muppet's are here the person who wrote this, the editor for allowing the spelling to be published or the guy that found it.
Welcome to the Worcester News. You'll get used to it :-)
[quote][p][bold]Tarantulaguy[/bold] wrote: It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil. Might want to use spell check before posting further articles. Not sure who the biggest Muppet's are here the person who wrote this, the editor for allowing the spelling to be published or the guy that found it.[/p][/quote]Welcome to the Worcester News. You'll get used to it :-) pinkfluff
  • Score: 7

11:44pm Tue 29 Apr 14

CJH says...

Tarantulaguy wrote:
It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil.

Might want to use spell check before posting further articles. Not sure who the biggest Muppet's are here the person who wrote this, the editor for allowing the spelling to be published or the guy that found it.
"It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil" Nope, definitely from Pershore. And you may want to check your use of dodgy apostrophes before complaining about spelling...
[quote][p][bold]Tarantulaguy[/bold] wrote: It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil. Might want to use spell check before posting further articles. Not sure who the biggest Muppet's are here the person who wrote this, the editor for allowing the spelling to be published or the guy that found it.[/p][/quote]"It's an Acanthoscurria geniculata tarantula from Brazil" Nope, definitely from Pershore. And you may want to check your use of dodgy apostrophes before complaining about spelling... CJH
  • Score: 3

12:10am Wed 30 Apr 14

Rooneybob says...

Oh, thank you WN for giving me the best laugh this morning and brightening my day!! Dead unknown palm-sized (what?) potentially venomous spider found in grass... talk about media hysteria... you don't know what it is (so throw in the 'potentially venomous") and it is dead ('but could have been alive and was big enough to carry off small children and dogs'). I live in Sydney and have Redbacks in the garden, Funnel Webs, White Tails - all live and no bother unless you keep poking them with your finger - and if you want huge, wait til you get a fully grown Huntsman spider in your bedroom... you wouldn't swat that with a rolled up newspaper!
Seriously though WN - couldn't you have done some legwork and found out what it was, where it could have come from, if it was actually venomous? Seems not... sloppy.
Oh, thank you WN for giving me the best laugh this morning and brightening my day!! Dead unknown palm-sized (what?) potentially venomous spider found in grass... talk about media hysteria... you don't know what it is (so throw in the 'potentially venomous") and it is dead ('but could have been alive and was big enough to carry off small children and dogs'). I live in Sydney and have Redbacks in the garden, Funnel Webs, White Tails - all live and no bother unless you keep poking them with your finger - and if you want huge, wait til you get a fully grown Huntsman spider in your bedroom... you wouldn't swat that with a rolled up newspaper! Seriously though WN - couldn't you have done some legwork and found out what it was, where it could have come from, if it was actually venomous? Seems not... sloppy. Rooneybob
  • Score: 9

2:01am Wed 30 Apr 14

dylansmummy says...

Well considering my newsfeed was full of comments after a friends posted look what i found which a pic of a tarantula was uploaded along with the status and this person lives in pershore wouldnt surprise me in the least if it was planted as a joke as it was their pet that had died also y waste energy and time arguing over spelling lifes to short!!
Well considering my newsfeed was full of comments after a friends posted look what i found which a pic of a tarantula was uploaded along with the status and this person lives in pershore wouldnt surprise me in the least if it was planted as a joke as it was their pet that had died also y waste energy and time arguing over spelling lifes to short!! dylansmummy
  • Score: -5

9:29am Wed 30 Apr 14

Reynard11 says...

I blame the cyclists
I blame the cyclists Reynard11
  • Score: 11

1:11pm Fri 2 May 14

Jabbadad says...

No problems from me over Spiders since unlike the CONservatives they don't pick on the poor, vulnerable and elderly and give to the rich.
And when ever you feel like debating the issues which in your blue eyes that I seem to get wrong about the CONservatives, just bring it on New Kid instead of sniping from your political closet.
No problems from me over Spiders since unlike the CONservatives they don't pick on the poor, vulnerable and elderly and give to the rich. And when ever you feel like debating the issues which in your blue eyes that I seem to get wrong about the CONservatives, just bring it on New Kid instead of sniping from your political closet. Jabbadad
  • Score: -2

3:02pm Mon 5 May 14

pinkfluff says...

Jabbadad wrote:
No problems from me over Spiders since unlike the CONservatives they don't pick on the poor, vulnerable and elderly and give to the rich.
And when ever you feel like debating the issues which in your blue eyes that I seem to get wrong about the CONservatives, just bring it on New Kid instead of sniping from your political closet.
Jabba you are a legend!! Love ya bro. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: No problems from me over Spiders since unlike the CONservatives they don't pick on the poor, vulnerable and elderly and give to the rich. And when ever you feel like debating the issues which in your blue eyes that I seem to get wrong about the CONservatives, just bring it on New Kid instead of sniping from your political closet.[/p][/quote]Jabba you are a legend!! Love ya bro. :-) pinkfluff
  • Score: 0

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