A praying mantis that snuck into a family's suitcase and travelled from South Africa to the UK has now been re-homed in Sussex.
The tropical bug was discovered by the Menzies family when they washed their holiday clothes after returning from their fortnight away.
After discovering the insect, Mum Pippa rang Drusillas Park who agreed to take the mantis in.
Drusillas' bug expert Angela Hale said: "Praying mantis are intriguing creatures that pose no threat to humans.
"They are not difficult to care for but you do need to know what you are doing in order to ensure they remain happy and healthy. Pippa did the right thing by getting in touch and we will provide the mantis with a good home.”
Praying mantis live in tropical climates around the world and they are named after their two prominent front legs, which are bent and held together as if they are praying.
A spider expert from Sussex is trying to dispel some myths surrounding the false widow spider following a series of news reports about people being bitten.
Angela Hale, from Drusillas Park, said: “There has been a lot of recent press interest into the presence of false widow spiders in the UK. However, the truth is these spiders are incredibly common in the South of England and have been living happily all around us since 1879.”
Angela, who is also the secretary of the British Tarantula Society, keeps a collection of over 150 spiders at home in her spare bedroom!
She added: “The bite of a false widow is similar to that of a bee sting and has no long term lasting effects.”
It is one of the biggest jobs of the zoo calendar.
Staff at Drusillas in East Sussex are starting their annual New Year stock take.
Each and every one of the 1000 animals at the park will be checked and counted.
The process can take several days and counting the smaller animals takes a great deal of patience and time.
Senior Keeper Claudia Perryman said, "It's important to make sure our figures add up for all the animals in the zoo, so as well as counting monkeys we even have to count the stick insects and cockroaches!"