Three-inch stowaway spider finds new home in the UK

A South American tarantula who stowed away to the UK in a shipment of bananas has been re-homed at a zoo.

The spider, identified as a fully-grown dwarf species known as Peruvian green velvet, was discovered in a food store delivery in West Sussex.

The spider has been identified as a fully-grown dwarf species known as Peruvian green velvet. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

It was then handed in to a veterinary surgery where they alerted the RSPCA.

Inspector Tony Woodley collected the three-inch spider took it to Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex, after they agreed to give it a new home.

"It is always very exciting to have a tarantula brought in by the RSPCA," Angela Hale, the zoo's spider expert, said.