Along came a spider at Detroit Metro Airport; feds nab it

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Romulus —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently had a close encounter of the creepy crawly kind, officials said.

The agency's Detroit director of field operations Christopher Perry tweeted Tuesday about the meeting. 

Kris Grogan, a CBP spokesman, said the spider was in a package that arrived Friday along with a cargo plane at Detroit Metro Airport. The package was listed on a manifest as a case for spectacles, he said.

An officer inspected the package and opened up the case, he said. At that time, the tarantula crawled out of the case and scurried across the table, Grogan said.

He said fish and wildlife service personnel identified the critter as gammostola pulchra, more commonly known as Brazilian black tarantula. The spider can grow as big as 7 inches in length and can live for as long as 30 years, he said.

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