US Landlord finds 19 tarantulas and python in abandoned Maine apartment
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After moving out of their Maine apartment, a tenant left 19 tarantulas, four of them dead, for the landlord to find.
In Auburn, Maine,Drew Desjardins was called to the apartment on Wednesday, . When he entered Desjardins found that four of the 19 tarantulas had died and a ball python didn't have enough water to survive. The next day he took the tarantulas and python to his home and said they're "all doing just fine."
All the recovered animals are illegal in Maine and will be relocated.
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Desjardins documented the rescue in a Facebookthat garnered attention and fear from local residents. Some commenting they're terrified of tarantulas and can't imagine being in Desjardins' shoes.
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“The movies show them as being these indestructible creatures that will just come at you if you step on them and jump on people and attack them and run after you and that's not true,” Desjardins told 13WGME. “Very shy and delicate. If I took out this tarantula right now and dropped it on the ground, it's going to break like an egg and die.”
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He added that people are more prone to die from bee stings than a tarantula bite. As a full-time animal rescuer, Desjardins said finding 19 tarantulas isn't shocking anymore.
"Never a dull moment in my world," Desjardins said in the Facebook post.
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