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Deadly spider found in Okla. store?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Concerns about what appeared to be a deadly spider found at a Tulsa, Oklahoma supermarket may be unfounded.

A woman spotted what appeared to be an exotic spider in the produce aisle of a Whole Foods market on Sunday. It was captured, and given to a local expert. University of Tulsa Animal Facilities Manager Terry Childs identified it as a Brazilian wandering spider, one of the most lethal in the world.

After word of the spider drew media attention, the Tulsa Zoo Curator of Aquariums of Herpetology Barry Downer, took a look at video and photos of the arachnid. He concluded that it was misidentified. He believes it was a Huntsman spider, which is harmless to humans.

It's not possible to take a second look at the spider itself. It was destroyed at the urging of a university administrator who was concerned about safety. Downer says it should have been preserved for study.

The spider was found in a shipment of bananas. Store employees were praised for their handling of the situation.


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