A British man found an unwanted intruder hiding in a pack of Asda bananas he had purchased from the market. Among the fruits, there crawled a deadly species of spider, known as the Brazilian wandering spider. The creature managed to go undetected until he took the pack with him at work. This is when he spotted the brown thing crawling in his lunch.
The Brazilian wandering spider was trapped in a pack of bananas
The 52-year-old man, Neil Langley, went to buy groceries on Wednesday. Among the products he purchased, he picked a pack of Asda bananas, without being aware that it came with a guest. The next day, he took the bananas with him at work. Right before reaching inside the pack and picking one banana, he and his colleagues noticed a creepy-looking brown thing moving between the fruits.
The creature was a spider, and the people quickly realized it must be really dangerous. Therefore, they took action immediately and called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). With their help, they were able to identify the species of the spider.
The spider is extremely venomous and can become lethal
The intruder belonged to the Phoneutria species, also known as the Brazilian wandering spider. This name is given by the way in which it moves in the jungle. It became well-known in 2015, when many newspapers warned people to protect themselves from it. It is incredibly venomous, and its bite can cause men to suffer priapism. This is a condition which makes them experience painful erections which last for many hours.
Apart from its brown body, the Brazilian wandering spider can be identified from its red jaws. It can measure up to five inches, and its venom can kill children and frail people in a matter of hours. Once bitten, you should start experiencing nausea, blurred vision, convulsions, and severe pain. Fortunately, there is an anti-venom which can easily be found in Brazil.
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