A very deadly banana spider was killed by the RSPCA after terrorising staff at a Chatham supermarket. The highly-venomous arachnid was spotted by Kate Whitmore, 25, as she unpacked a box of fruit to put on display at the Co-op store in Wayfield Road, Chatham, Kent.
“I picked the bunch up, held it close to my face and thought, ‘What is that?’ It wasn’t a very nice spider.”
The palm-sized eight-legged creature, otherwise known as Phoneutria nigriventer, ranks alongside the black widow and funnel-web as one of the world’s most dangerous spiders. After alerting her supervisor, the shop was promptly closed while the RSPCA was called out. They were advised to keep the spider contained and not approach it until the animal collection officer arrived.
Ms Whitmore added: “We had customers coming in saying, ‘We’ll kill it for you, it’s only a spider’. We thought, ‘If you knew exactly what it was like you wouldn’t’.”
The spider was eventually taken away to be put down.If you liked this post please buy me a cup of coffee to quench my thirst