Hundreds of Tarantulas Seized Inside Gift Wrapped Boxes of Cookies

Philippine customs made an odd discovery after they seized around 757 tarantulas being smuggled inside gift wrapped boxes.

The spiders were found in boxes of oatmeal and cookies that were being flown in from Poland. The seizure was made at a mail exchange center at Manila International Airport, with many of the arachnids being inside small plastic vials with holes for air.

Philippine wildlife laws prohibit the trading, collection and possession of such spiders, which are popular pets among arachnid enthusiasts, without permits.

Source: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas smuggled from Poland

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