Hundreds of Spiders Found in Small Plastic Vials Inside Air Parcel From Poland, Seized by Customs Officials at Chennai International Aiport | šŸ“° LatestLY

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Chennai, July 3:Ā In a bizarre incident, as many as 107 spiders were found in a parcel by the customs officials at the Chennai airport. The spiders are reported to have come from a postalĀ parcel in a thermacol box fromĀ Poland.Ā The spiders were found after the Chennai air customs intercepted the postal parcel that arrived from Poland at theĀ Foreign Post Office. According to a report by TOI, theĀ parcel was addressed to a person in Arupukottai, a town in Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu.Ā The spiders were seized under the Customs Act, 1962, read with the Foreign Trade (Development and Regulation) Act, 1992.Ā New Jumping Spider Species From Maharashtra: Name ā€˜Icius Tukaramiā€™ Dedicated to ASI Tukaram Omble, ā€˜Phintella Cholkeiā€™ to Kamlesh Cholke.

The report informs that when the officials cut the parcel, it had aĀ thermocol box that had 107 small plastic vials. The vials were wrapped in silver foil and cotton. When the officials at the airport examined the content inside the vials, they foundĀ live spiders inside each vial. Soon after, officials ofĀ Wild Life Crime Control BureauĀ (WCCB) and scientists of Zoological Survey of India’s southern region centre in Chennai were called to identify the species.

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Based on the morphological examination, the experts were of the opinion that the spiders to be of genus phonopelma and brachypelma, which are native to south, central America, andĀ Mexico.

Moreover, theĀ animal quarantine officials recommendedĀ deporting the spider parcel back to Poland as the import was illegal as there were noĀ Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) license and health-related documents for import into India.Ā The TOI report informs that theĀ parcel with 107 spiders were handed over to postal authorities to be sent back to Poland.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 03, 2021 12:52 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).

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