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Hundreds of tarantulas seized at mail exchange near Manila airport

Posted at 9:32 AM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 09:34:23-04

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Afraid of spiders? If so, you would not have wanted to be around when Philippine customs officials checked out some baggage that came in from Poland. That's because the shipment included 757 tarantulas.

The arachnids were tucked in among some nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal.

Customs officials say many of the baby-sized tarantulas were nestled in small, see-through plastic vials that had air holes poked in.

Later when a man showed up to claim the shipment, he was detained.

Officials estimate the value of the unusual but illegal shipment at $5,900.