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Woman Sees Empty Cage In Dumpster — Then Notices Someone Who Needs Help

He was SO cold and wet — and very scared.

A woman was out walking her dogs in Giltbrook, England when she passed a dumpster and noticed some sort of animal tank sitting inside. She walked over to investigate — and was shocked to see a tarantula crawling around in the dumpster, cold, wet and desperate for some help. 

“I was curious so I had a closer look, expecting it to be a mouse, and I was very surprised to see a tarantula in there,” the woman said in a press release. “The spider was clinging onto the side of the bin bag. I went home to my husband and asked him to come and look — he couldn’t believe it either. It’s not something you expect to find in a public bin.”

tarantula found in dumpster
RSPCA

The tarantula, later identified as a Brazilian whiteknee tarantula, was about the size of a hand and was clearly very confused. Someone had apparently decided they didn’t want him anymore and threw him and his entire tank into the dumpster with no regard for his welfare. Not wanting him to suffer anymore, the woman contacted the RSPCA to come and help, and the inspector who came out was just as surprised at the whole situation. 

“It’s rare that we get reports of tarantulas in public so as I was making my way there, I was sure it would be a plastic toy or maybe just a piece of litter,” Teresa Potter, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. 

Inspector Potter quickly took the little guy to a vet to get checked out and was relieved to find that he was OK, and hadn’t been affected by his ordeal — whiteknee tarantulas, who can grow to be around 8 inches long, need a warm environment to survive. 

tarantula found in dumpster
RSPCA

“We are concerned that someone abandoned a spider in a public bin like this,” Potter said. “It is likely that the spider was an unwanted pet which someone decided to dispose of for whatever reason. We would recommend that anyone interested in keeping a tarantula as a pet thoroughly research the particular species’ needs carefully first before deciding to get one, so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for.”

Fortunately, the tarantula wasn’t in the dumpster for very long, as the woman had walked her dogs earlier in the day as well and hadn’t seen anything then. The whole situation could have ended up much worse for the tarantula, but thankfully, the right people found him, and were able to get him to safety before any harm could come to him. 

“Luckily we have found someone who has taken the spider on, so the spider will now live the rest of their life being looked after properly,” Potter said. 

To help other animals in need, you can donate to the RSPCA