In a cringe-inducing clip doing the rounds on social media, a set of garage mechanics have filmed what they discovered in the back of a van they had recently Imported from the US.
In the footage, guaranteed to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, a colossal black Spider can be seen tucking into a common UK house spider at a mechanics near Shrewsbury.
The video – shot at CEVL Automotive last Thursday – clearly shows the highly poisonous ‘Black Widow’ spider eating a smaller, unfortunate relative inside the van, which had just been delivered from the States.
The bite of a black widow can be lethal; experts say it is up to 15 times more potent than the venom of a rattlesnake. In humans, the symptoms from being bitten can induce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that makes breathing hard.
If the victim is a small child, elderly or infirmed, then the bite of a black widow can be deadly.
One of the mechanics who found the spider said: “We started work on a Volkswagen camper van imported from California.
“After removing the rear wheel, our mechanic James Shelvey jumped back in astonishment.
“The spider dropped to the floor and gingerly it was captured using the old jam-jar-piece of paper technique.”
The braver of our readers can watch footage of the stowaway spider below.
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