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Giant Spiders Spark Panic in Northeast India
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2012

Posted on 06/22/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Officials say colonies of giant biting spiders have attacked villagers and sparked panic in remote northeast India. But they say locals' attempts to treat the painful swelling caused by the bites may be more dangerous than the spiders themselves.

Two bite victims have died in Tinsukia district. Authorities say it is unclear whether they died from venom or from treatment by witch doctors who cut them with razor blades to drain the wounds. Local magistrate Kishore Thakuria said the victims were cremated before autopsies could be done.

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Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Ratul Rajkhowa, a professor at the Department of Zoology of Cotton College in Guwahati, holds a dead spider that was the alleged species that killed two people in Assam, June 4.

Another seven bite victims have been treated with antibiotics against infection after they also tried to drain their wounds, said Anil Phapowali, a doctor at the local Sadiya town hospital.

The hairy spiders were first noticed about a month ago across Tinsukia district's grassy plains and dense jungle forests north of the Brahmaputra River.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: spiders

1 posted on 06/22/2012 10:41:56 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“TARANTULA!”


2 posted on 06/22/2012 10:50:39 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: nickcarraway

Call Jeff Daniels, he always seems to have the answer for angry spiders and charging Alabamians and Texans.


3 posted on 06/22/2012 10:52:16 AM PDT by chargers fan
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This is old and has been put through the FR humor mill. Yawn.


4 posted on 06/22/2012 10:53:07 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: massgopguy

We need some hobbits to take care of this problem. Bilbo or at least samwise.


5 posted on 06/22/2012 10:53:47 AM PDT by st.eqed
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To: nickcarraway

Damn shame! Me and some of my college buddys and our girlfirends were going out there this weekend to have a camp-out.

Ah, what the hay, its just spiders. I think we’ll go anyway.


6 posted on 06/22/2012 10:58:47 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: nickcarraway

Where is Sam Gamgee when you need him. Check the local tavern.


7 posted on 06/22/2012 10:59:08 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: nickcarraway

Really... what could go wrong?


8 posted on 06/22/2012 11:00:07 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: nickcarraway

The same story is free here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57447249/giant-hairy-spider-attacks-spark-panic-in-india/


9 posted on 06/22/2012 11:01:17 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: chargers fan

Or give cameras to all the spiders.

Alec Baldwin will take care of it.


10 posted on 06/22/2012 11:01:55 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: nickcarraway

“I say we nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” — Pakistan


11 posted on 06/22/2012 11:06:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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12 posted on 06/22/2012 11:07:22 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: nickcarraway
giant-spider Pictures, Images and Photos
13 posted on 06/22/2012 11:09:13 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: nickcarraway
Somebody call Sam.


14 posted on 06/22/2012 11:11:43 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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15 posted on 06/22/2012 11:11:43 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Snickering Hound

If I saw that I’d burn my f’ing house down...


16 posted on 06/22/2012 11:18:26 AM PDT by stormer
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To: stormer

The soldiers in Afghanistan are having to put up with Camel Spiders. Their bite is really bad too.
A friend said several had invaded her sleeping quarters there. They are really horrible things and if you check them out on the web you will see that for yourself.
The Camel spider can run at 10 mph and chases after people trying to get in the shade of their shadow.


17 posted on 06/22/2012 11:27:54 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: nickcarraway

Nuthin’ I haven’t seen on Gilligan’s Island...


18 posted on 06/22/2012 11:34:21 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Coffee... Black... No Sugar

>>Ah, what the hay, its just spiders. I think we’ll go anyway.<<

Have a swell time!


19 posted on 06/22/2012 11:53:05 AM PDT by servantboy777
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20 posted on 06/22/2012 12:41:25 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: nickcarraway
http://www.termite.com/spider-identification.html, for all your spider identification needs.
21 posted on 06/22/2012 1:29:34 PM PDT by JimC214
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A fate worse than death


22 posted on 06/22/2012 5:37:26 PM PDT by Shimmer1
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To: nickcarraway

I actually scared a little spider to death. I was trying to get it to crawl onto a leaf and it zig-zagged around and proceeded to run off. It just dropped dead. It was the weirdest thing I have ever seen.


23 posted on 06/29/2012 2:54:45 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: Coffee... Black... No Sugar

Don’t try to kill them with febreeze. It didn’t work for me so I left the thing alone.


24 posted on 06/29/2012 2:56:00 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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