Johannesburg - It was not a job for the squeamish, but it ultimately saved several hundred baboon spiders. The job entailed moving two species from a construction site, where a road was being widened at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk mine, near Lephalale in Limpopo.
'Collecting the spiders meant digging around the burrow, then picking the creatures up by hand.
“Each of these spiders can be handled by hand, they are very docile animals,” said Fuls.
Out of the about 400 spiders handled, there were just two bites.
And being bitten, according to Jacobs, is no big deal. “It is a bit like a bee sting,” he said.
The spiders’ new home was nearby Manketti game reserve.
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Great story, thanks for sharing. It's heartening to hear that people are doing this, as opposed to just demolishing the sight and squishing the poor spiders. Just wish they would show and share photo's of the sight where the Baboons were found and when they were relocated. It must be fascinating to see so many Baboon spiders living in a community.
Africa is a tough country. When the going gets tough, we get going.