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Stowaway black widow spider found in Wales

UPI News Service, 06/10/2009 

A Welsh couple returning home from a five-year stay in North America said they discovered a black widow spider stowing away in a garden hose.

Mike Newman, 53, said he and his wife, Trish, has just returned from San Francisco when a mover helping them unpack at their Kinnerton house found the venomous spider and a sack of its eggs in a hose they brought back from the United States, reported Thursday.

"The woman from the removal firm was very calm to be fair," Newman said. "I had wrapped the hose pipe before we left America and I probably would have taken more care had I known what was lurking inside."

Newman said the luggage containing the spider had spent a month on a container ship before arriving at their home.

"During our time in the U.S. we'd never seen a black widow, although living there for some time we had made ourselves aware of what one looked like," he said. "We knew straight away it was a black widow."

Newman said he and his wife caught the spider in a jam jar and took it to Peter Heathcote, an exotic pets specialist with Budget Vets, the arachnid's new home.

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