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New home found for tarantula abandoned on city street in Leicester

RSPCA says the bird-eating Brazilian spider was left in a plastic box, but has been taken on by a specialist exotics keeper.

A bird-eating tarantula thought to be an unwanted pet has been abandoned on a city street.

The RSPCA expressed concern that the salmon pink Brazilian spider, described as being the size of a hand, was left in a plastic box on Leicester’s Narborough Road last Friday.

RSPCA animal collection officer Steve Smith said of the find: “The member of the public who contacted us was understandably shaken by the size of the spider.

“We are concerned that someone abandoned a spider in the street like this, these tarantulas live in a warm and humid environment in the wild and need the same provided in captivity.”

The spider, thought to be the third largest species of tarantula, has now been taken on by a specialist exotics keeper.

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Mr Smith added: “Luckily we have found someone who has taken the spider on, so the spider will now live the rest of their life being looked after properly.

“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.”

Anyone with information about the find, made near the junction with Ivy Road, should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

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