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Tarantula rescued in NY

A resident of Amityville found a tarantula in a plastic container on his front porch.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief of Department Roy Gross said Thursday the female rose-haired tarantula is about 4 inches wide.

Gross says the venomous bite could have hurt someone. The lid wasn’t on very tight.

It was removed by investigators with spider experience.

The tarantula was a piece of cake compared to a 2007 case. Gross says the Ornate Golden Baboon spider had big fangs, was “angry” and could jump several feet.

The tarantula is now at a sanctuary in Massachusetts.

It’s legal to own the hairy-looking creatures. But Gross says that, personally, he’d much rather curl up in front of the TV with a dog or cat.

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