Asbestos tarantula on the loose gets his or her own Twitter account
A TARANTULA on the loose that may be contaminated with asbestos now has its own following on social networking website Twitter.
Asbestos Spider - @asbestosspider - on Twitter has 247 followers and counting.
The creature's existence was discovered after Katie Parsons-Young, who was part of a team surveying an empty Victorian house in Roath, Cardiff, found a skin shed by it.âThe 31-year-old Kusten Vorland worker from Cardiff was looking for evidence of asbestos before the redevelopment of the building.
She said: "I had finished surveying my rooms and decided to make a start on the attic.
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"We had rigged up some temporary lighting and I spotted a really strange structure in the corner. It looked like a little hutch. "When I got closer I saw a large hairy spider's leg hanging out of it.
"I just screamed my head off and the others came running.
"Even the biggest blokes got out of there as fast as they could."
As it turned out the leg was part of a shed skin - meaning the spider, thought to be a Chilean Rose Tarantula, could still be at large, and possibly contaminated with asbestos.
Sadly for the spider, not all the comments on its Twitter page were complimentary.
One said: "I hope you drown in the rain."
But @winskillfull was more accommodating, saying: "I for one welcome @AsbestosSpider, our new fire-proof arachnid overlord.
The spider him or herself was just getting on with life last night though.
He/she said: "I've found a nice pizza box and a dark corner on a side street for the night. See you in the morning..."
As to how it got there in the first place remains a mystery.
Miss Parsons-Young said: "I have no idea if it was kept there deliberately. It's a massive mystery, we just don't know how it was there.
"There was certainly no one going to the attic at all.
"I have spoken to some spider people and they said that spiders shed their skin quite regularly.
"It could still be alive in that attic."