Spotted at an armed forces base:
One of Britain’s most endangered spiders, the Great Fox, has been sighted for the first time in more than a quarter of a century.
Conservationists report the sighting of 22 Great Fox spiders in total, including 10 mature males and one mature female, which measures just over two inches (55mm) in diameter including its hairy, spiny legs.
The specimens were found on a Ministry of Defence (MoD) training area in Surrey by Mike Waite, spider enthusiast at Surrey Wildlife Trust.Jonathan Chadwick, “Huge ‘extinct’ spider is found on British army training area: Two-inch wide Great Fox spider which liquefies the internal organs of its prey with venom is seen for the first time in 27 years” at Daily Mail
They were trying to enlist, you dummies. Pension plan and all.
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