Man finds tarantula at Swamscott Cemetery
SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WHDH) -- A man visiting his father’s grave spotted a tarantula trying to cross a road in Swampscott Cemetery Tuesday.
“This guy as soon as I put the crickets in, he ate five crickets immediately the legs were going and his was grabbing them,” said Diane Treadwell, Swampscott Animal Control officer.
It may sound more like a Halloween story than a 4th of July story. Meet "Harry Houdini" as they're calling him; the tarantula found sneaking around the Swampscott cemetery.
“One of the former employees was visiting his father’s grave at the cemetery in Swampscott and he noticed this guy crossing the road,” Treadwell said.
He called DPW who then scooped up “Harry" in a vase and called Treadwell.
“I was like, 'Really? Really? Seriously?' They're like, 'No, really it's a tarantula,'” said Treadwell.
The Swampscott Animal Control officer took “Harry” home, did some research and found out tarantulas don't live in the wild in the Bay State. And it's not clear how dangerous they are to humans.
"Some tarantulas are but apparently the ones they sell in the pet stores are not," Treadwell said.
And that's what Treadwell thinks happened -- “Harry” was someone’s pet and they set him free.
“If it was someone’s pet they should really contact somebody who can properly care for it,” said Treadwell.
If anyone wants to adopt “Harry,” contact the Marblehead animal shelter.