Glasgow & West Scotland

Appeal after Incy spider crept out from behind cooker

Incy the tarantula Image copyright Scottish SPCA
Image caption The Scottish SPCA is attempting to trace the owner of Incy, the Chilean rose tarantula

An animal charity is trying to trace the owner of a tarantula which crept out from behind a cooker in Glasgow.

A man spotted the spider while he was cleaning the kitchen of his flat, in the city's High Street, on Tuesday.

He alerted the Scottish SPCA which took the arachnid to its animal rescue centre, where staff have named it Incy.

The charity believes the Chilean rose tarantula may have escaped from a nearby flat. It will find the spider a new home if its owner cannot be traced.

Animal rescue officer Caitlin Houston said: "While tarantulas frighten a lot of people, they are actually quite popular pets.

"Thankfully, the man who found this escapee wasn't too fazed and managed to contain him until I arrived. He was able to catch it using a glass and piece of cardboard.

"It's possible the tarantula belongs to someone in a nearby flat and we'd really like to return him home if he has gone missing.

"If no-one comes forward we'll find him a new owner who understands his needs."

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