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Along came a spider SCARY The huge spider can; SHOCK AS WORKERS FIND BIG BEASTIE; Venomous Huntsman is found in a container by stunned factory staff.

Byline: reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk LAURA PATERSON

A HUGE venomous spider was found by shocked staff at a Scottish factory.

The hunstman spider, which is native to Australia, Africa and Asia, was discovered inside a shipping container.

Staff at the company in Dumbarton called animal welfare officers, fearing it could be poisonous.

Scottish SPCA officers removed the arachnid, which can give a painful, venomous bite.

Rescue officer Emma Bonner was called to the scene on Friday.

She said: "When I arrived, one of the employees had managed to get the spider inside a clear bag within a container. We didn't know if it was venomous."

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Fiona Henderson said: "An arachnid expert identified it as a huntsman spider. We believe due to a yellow stripe on its abdomen that the spider is female.

"It would be hard to say where it is from exactly due to the fact it arrived here in a shipping container.

"It must be a tough little spider as it has done well to survive living in a cold container for so long before arriving in Scotland.

"If a huntsman spider bites you it will not kill you, but it does contain venom. If you do get bitten by one it can be extremely painful.

"Because it's a huntsman, it's not native to this country, so we can't release the spider anywhere in Scotland.

"The spider appears in good condition and is already an adult so we are going to try to find a specialist home for it."

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