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.