Spiders given new home

Two black widow spiders found in a car imported from the USA have been given a new home at Bristol Zoo.

The pair had been nesting inside a 1964 Ford Falcon, which was imported into the UK last January, but were only found when restoration work started last week.

Mechanics at Bicester-based firm Damax found the first under the fuel tank and the second behind the dashboard. Manager Robin Ward said he although he was not scared of spiders, he had quite a shock when he discovered the pair were black widows.

“We would have never found either of the spiders had we not completely stripped the car but we’ve finished it now and are 100 per cent certain that there are no more.”

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