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Mystery giant 8-inch spider on loose in UK town after escaping plastic box

A giant spider that is baffling experts has gone missing in a town, freaking out the locals.

Jim Dodds, 53, says he has to check under his pillow before going to bed at night after the eight-inch creepy crawly appeared in his garden.

He thought his ordeal was over when he managed to trap it in a plastic box.

But after a day and a half trying to get an expert to examine it, the spider had escaped and vanished.

Jim said: “It was massive and horrendous.”

He added: “I don’t want to wake up in the morning and find it in my bathroom. If I spot it, I’m running.”



Jim Dodds says he has to check under his pillow before going to bed
Jim Dodds says he has to check under his pillow before going to bed

Jim and wife Helen, 51, of Tetbury, Glos, managed to take a picture of the spider last Sunday, before it got away.

Sitting in a huge, dusty web, it has long pincers and legs and a fat abdomen.

Experts are struggling to identify it as its markings are not visible in the snap.



Experts are struggling to identify the spider
Experts are struggling to identify the spider

Nottingham Trent University biology professor Chris Terrell-Nield said: “I suspect it is tropical or Australasian – likely an escapee from a collection.”

He added: “I recommend it is only dealt with by an expert. All spiders are venomous and some of the species in this group have a nasty bite.”

Mystery giant 8-inch spider on loose in UK town after escaping plastic box
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