PICS: 119 tarantulas found inside shoes

PICS: 119 tarantulas found inside shoes

It turns out that the tarantulas were being smuggled.

Tarantula smuggling

Customs officials in the Philippines seized over a hundred tarantulas at an airport in the country.

According to a post from the official Facebook page of the Philippines Bureau of Customs, the spiders were discovered inside a parcel that had been marked as “buty” - a Polish word for shoes.

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The parcel, which was shipped from Poland, was intercepted after authorities scanned it and found suspicious images.

According to the post, the tarantulas were turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit for handling and disposal.

𝗖𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝘀 𝗡𝗔𝗜𝗔 𝘀𝗲𝗶𝘇𝗲𝘀 𝟭𝟭𝟵 𝗦𝗺𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗧𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘀 The Bureau of Customs-NAIA prevented another attempt of illegal...

Posted by Bureau of Customs PH on Thursday, 29 October 2020

Illegal tarantula trade is a known corner of the black market in wildlife, which is a multibillion-dollar industry.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Facebook/BureauofcustomsPH

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