BY JOEL SALINAS
A baboon tarantula caused a three hour delay in Baltimore, Maryland after it escaped from a cargo container. The Captain kept the plane on the ground while they searched the plane. Occupants were moved to another plane while the spider was found not-so-far away from where it had escaped. It was returned to its owner.
The King Baboon Spider is a native species to East Africa. This spider can grow up to 20 centimeters in leg span. That's two-thirds of a foot long! It also grows very fast.The spider is usually a rusty brown or orange color and the back legs on these creatures are very large in size because they burrow. The King Baboon Spider digs backwards. It is highly recommended that if you decide to have this ... beast ... on your dresser in your room, that you are experienced with arachnids and have a safety plan in case of a provocation that causes the spider to inject its venom in you.
The spiders have very strong venom and feast upon mammals and reptiles such as mice, rats, lizards, and occasionally - if it has a chance - a bird. A bite from a baby King Baboon Tarantula, which is 1 centimeter in length, can cause pain where the spider made venomous contact and it can itch for up to five days.
Another story of a spider causing a delay is when an Indian woman jumped out of her moving vehicle after noticing a harmless spider on her shoulder. Angela Kipp, 35, was backing out of her driveway when she spotted the arachnid. Kipps 9-year old son moved out of the back seat to the drivers to press the brakes, but he didn't get the chance to take drivers ed before his mother abandoned him, with the spider, in the moving vehicle. The boy ended up accidentally pressing the acceleration and sent the vehicle straight into a moving school bus. The authorities found the boy lying near the vehicle and was taken to the hospital for minor head injuries. The bus driver, luckily, wasn't injured and there were no students on the bus. The mother of the son might face charges in the crash. This might sound crazy, but Kipp isn't the only person to jump from a moving vehicle because of a spider.
Lia DiGiovanna, 24, had a nearly identical experience in Massapequa, New York during the summer of 2009. “I saw something scurry across the wheel, and realized it was a huge spider,” she wrote, “I don't like critters.” She made a sharp turn and her friend managed to slam the car in park before DiGiovanna “leaped out the door.” Luckily, not a soul was injured….. except for the spider of course it probably died of fright. DiGiovanna says, “I felt silly because in reality the spider wouldn't have hurt me.”
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