- Huntsman spider jumped on the flight to Munich with two young backpackers
- The Australian species scurried in to the small carry-on luggage to Germany
- It was found mid-flight and was confined to the small bag until they landed
A giant huntsman jumped on a flight en route to Germany from Australia with two young backpackers.
The German couple were coming home from a trip around Australia when the poisonous spider scurried in for free a trip overseas.
The traveller opened up his carry-on luggage when he was faced with the massive Australian arachnid.
A German traveller opened up his carry-on luggage when he was faced with the massive Australian arachnid
On the trip to Munich the couple were on the second leg of their long-haul flight.
They had just stopped over in Dubai and boarded their next flight when they found the giant spider.
The man opened up his bag, saw the spider and quickly closed it tightly until they got off the flight and approached Munich customs officers.
A spokesperson for Munich customs said the spider caused a flurry of concern for the officers because they didn’t know what species it was.
Customs officers quickly called in a vet to determine its species and how venomous the spider was
Customs officers quickly called in a vet to determine its species and how venomous the spider was.
They caught and confined the spider to then determine that it was the highly-aggressive and venomous huntsman spider.
Although huntsman spiders can be dangerous it is very rare to be sent to hospital with a bite and no deaths have been reported from the spider.
The species are found living in confined spaces under rocks, barks and in crevasses.
Huntsman spiders aren’t strictly Australian. with the species found living across Asia, America and Africa.
Authorities are now looking for a German spider-lover to take the overseas traveller into their home.