A team of removal men got a shock when they were unloading a container that had arrived all the way from Australia. For an 18cm huntsman spider, roughly the size of a guinea pig, had not only stowed away inside the shipping container but had survived the 10,000 mile, three month trip. It was eventually found at the back of the container among garden swing parts as they were being unloaded in Redhill, Surrey. Dave Aldridge, a manager at Britannia Movers International, picks up the story, “I had three guys unloading, one ran about two miles up the road when he first saw it. He’s a handsome, furry guy. I caught him in a lunch box and took him home for my six-year-old son to see while waiting for the RSPCA to pick him up.” The spider was later taken to the Heathrow Animal Reception in Hounslow, where it is waiting to be rehomed with a specialist in large creepy crawlies. RSPCA officer Annie Janes was impressed with both the size of the non-venomous spider and also that it survived the trip, “He was about the size of my two hands put together, so quite something to look at,” Ms Janes said. “From the empty locust shells found in the container it seems he has thankfully been able to find food during that length of time, but it’s a long time to go without water, and he’s lucky he didn’t get squished by any boxes or furniture.” Just as well, for at 18cms that would have made quite some mess.