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article imageHundreds of giant fish-eating spiders released into the wild

By Owen Weldon     Oct 4, 2012 in World
Ecologists announced that they have released hundreds of the United Kingdom's largest breed of spider back into the wild.
The breed of spider, the Great Raft spider, has been saved by a breeding program that involved more than 5 zoos.
According to Daily Mail, the Great Raft spider has a leg span of up to 8cm, and it is able to catch and eat fish.
According to Telegraph, around 200 baby spiders been released at a reserve near Norwich.
According to Metro, Dr. Helen Smith, an ecologist, said that when it comes to conservation effort, most invertebrate groups do not receive it.
Smith said that the ones that do receive it tend to be big and spectacular, and that is the case with the great raft spiders. The baby spiders were housed in test tubes and they were fed by hand.
Smith said that the spiders are surviving well and four nursery webs have been found. She said that each web contained around 200 tiny spiders.
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