Mum Freaks Out After Opening Banana Harbouring World’s Deadliest Spider
There's nothing worse than a surprise spider - or a massive bundle of them, exploding everywhere. Take this video, for example, of how nope spiders can be.
Well, Gemma Price certainly wasn't expecting something on a smaller scale happening when she grabbed a banana she bought from Asda at her home in Stanley, County Durham. When the 30-year-old peeled the fruit, she saw a white sac stuck to the skin rip apart.
Just like a horror movie, she watched as dozens of baby spiders began crawling over her hand and inside her pyjamas. It's believed the arachnids were Brazilian wandering spiders - the most venomous in the world.
Gemma says: "I threw the banana down on the bed and they spread everywhere. I was freaking out and screaming and trying to kill as many as I could. Some got into my baby Leo's cot."
She called 999, of course: "The operator asked if we had been bitten and when I said no, I was told to evacuate the property with my baby immediately and not go to back. My mother lived just across the road, so luckily I had somewhere to go that time of night."
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Obviously wanting the spiders out as quick as possible, Gemma asked if Durham County Council could exterminate the critters, but they said they can't deal with foreign spiders.
Luckily specialists have been called and sprayed the house twice to ensure the spiders were all dead.
Gemma says even though the spiders are gone, the image still freaks her out: "When I am putting my clothes on I am still looking for them. It has put me off bananas. I haven't had any since last week. My life has been turned upside down and my whole house has been turned upside down."
A spokeswoman for Asda said: "We are investigating this issue with utmost priority, and will revert as soon as possible."
The Brazilian wandering spider gets its name from the way it catches its prey. Instead of weaving a web, like normal spiders, this species goes hunting on the jungle floor for food. It's also nicknamed the banana spider because they're often found in shipments of the yellow fruit.
While they're not the largest by any stretch, they can kill a human within two hours. Once the venom kicks in, victims will experience extreme pain and inflammation around the bite mark, before they lose muscle control and eventually die from asphyxiation.
Another potentially unfortunate symptom of a wandering spider bite is a sustained erection lasting up to four hours long.
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