Monday, June 4, 2012

Kingdom of the Spiders: Indian Town Sees Poisonous Spider Invasion

It might seem like something out of a Z-grade horror movie from the 1970s starring William Shatner, but a town in India is being terrorized by killer arachnids!

Two people in the town of Sadiya in the Indian state of Assam have already died and scores of others have been hospitalized after being bitten by the deadly poisonous spiders. Now, panicked government officials are considering spraying the entire city and surrounding area with insecticide in a last-ditch effort to get rid of the creepy-crawly, dangerous pests.

As of yet, experts have yet to identify exactly what species the deadly invaders are, but believe they could be a variety of tarantulas or perhaps a black wishbone spider or funnel web spider. The black wishbone and funnel web spiders are not native to the area, but could have been introduced to the region via cargo ships from Australia.

According to witnesses, the spiders are very aggressive, leaping at anything that approaches too close, and latch on to their victims tightly once they have been bitten. One survivor of the spider's dangerous bite told local media how he suffered excruciating pain and nausea after being bitten. His finger was still blackened and swollen weeks later, the victim said.

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