DEADLY SPIDERS INVADE SYDNEY

SYDNEY – Funnel-webs, one of the world’s most poisonous spiders, are invading suburban Sydney!
Funnel-web spiders are notoriously dangerous, due to their highly toxic venom. If left untreated, their bite can kill a full-grown adult within two hours! Symptoms include vomiting, convulsions and breathlessness.
They are capable of jumping 18 inches, and their fangs can punch through soft shoes and fingernails! They are so thick that funnel-webs cannot be shaken off from a bite, the spider must be removed by hand.
Unlike most other spiders, funnel-webs are known for being extremely aggressive and will not run from human presence, instead rearing up and baring their fangs. If encountered, the chances of being bitten are very high.
Due to a long dry period followed by rains and high humidity, the spider population is booming on the outskirts of suburban Sydney. Residents are on high alert to keep an eye on their belongings, as funnel-webs like to hide in dark places such as shoes or drying laundry.
Children especially should be watched, as they tend to explore the areas spiders like to burrow in, like garden sheds and bushes. No one has died since the anti-venom was developed in 1981, however the threat still exists.

5 thoughts on “DEADLY SPIDERS INVADE SYDNEY”

  1. Wow!! That's scary! I saw something on a documentary about these spiders in Australia. A little girl was playing in her backyard in Sydney and was bitten, her mother didn't see for almost 15 minutes and the girl was foaming at the mouth by the time she found her and rushed her to the hospital. Luckily the little girl was saved but only since these funnel web spiders ARE common in Australia and doctors are always prepared with anti-venom

  2. What about Japanese wasps?!! They are 3 times as big and 100 times as aggressive as the gentle, honey producing European bees and vye only in their aggressiveness with the Africanized honey bees of North and South America. On the same documentary where I saw the funnel web spiders, I saw the Japanese wasps – there was a man there, a beekeeper trying to introduce the European honey bees when his hives were killed and he and his daughter were attacked by the wasps – he made her run for help and the wasp venom ate his face off and killed him inside 20 minutes!! Sad!!

  3. Does anyone else think that this is almost science fictiony? I mean are these aggressive insects evolving because of humankind's blatant disregard for all other creatures save man? Or is it some nuclear radiation / toxic waste (that would still be due to humanity) that's causing it? We are not the only creatures on earth. How would we like it if spiders grew large enough to stomp on us? Or animals kept US as pets…yeah, really seems science fictiony to me.

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