Hot Springs, AR - A Hot Springs man claiming to be the owner of one of the world's largest Goliath Birdeater tarantulas reported the animal missing to the Hot Springs Animal Control early Thursday morning. The man says he was cleaning the 6-year-old spider's habitat when it climbed out of his window in pursuit of a passing squirrel. "It's amazingly fast to be so big," he said.
The tarantula supposedly has a leg span of over foot long. While it's not considered dangerous to humans, the owner warns that people with small breed dogs or cats should be cautious. "Lately I've been feeding him large rodents. Being
kept in captivity, it has done nothing but eat and grow. The larger it gets, the bigger meals I'd have to get. It does have one hell of an appetite."
Hot Springs Animal Control says there isn't much they can do as far as catching it. Dan Bug, director of Animal Control, said, "It's a big ass spider that eats cats and dogs. We are not going near the damn thing."
If spotted, you are advised to call animal control. "Let us know the location of the spider if you see it and we'll make a Facebook post about it," Bug said.