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Pet tarantulas risk to owners' eyes

4th January 2010

Doctors have warned people who keep pet tarantula spiders that they should wear eye protection when cleaning out cages.

A doctor in Leeds reported that a man had visited his clinic suffering from an eye inflammation after he cleaned out his spider's cage. The spider had released a fine mist of hairs from its abdomen in order to protect itself. David Field, director of the Zoological Society of London, said: "I advise anybody keeping such tarantulas as pets to be aware of the danger."

 

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Article Information

Title: Pet tarantulas risk to owners' eyes
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13619
Date Added: 4th Jan 2010

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