- Veterinarians at Newark Veterinary Hospital in Ohio treated a tarantula named Spidey.
- Spidey got tangled in duct tape, and his owner was worried that they would pull off his legs by removing it.
- The vets used tape-remover spray to safely detach the tape.
- A video of Spidey’s rescue is going viral, and even arachnophobes think he’s adorable.
When Spidey the tarantula got into a spot of trouble with a piece of duct tape, veterinarians at Newark Veterinary Hospital in Ohio came to the rescue.
Spidey’s legs got tangled in a piece of duct tape, and owner Rachael Morris was worried that if they pulled the tape off, they would take some of his legs with it.
“He was definitely in distress when he was stuck to the duct tape and picking him up to put him in the travel cage was the first time I’ve seen him in ‘attack mode,'” Morris told INSIDER in an email. “His fangs were out!”
It was the first time the veterinarians at Newark Veterinary Hospital had treated a tarantula, but they had the right tool for the job: tape-remover spray.
After a few quick spritzes and gentle tugs, the tape came right off.
Veterinarian Jodi Houser submitted a video of the encounter to the Facebook page I Love Veterinary Medicine, where it has nearly 150,000 views.
People are falling in love with Spidey.
“LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS Poor little buddy got into a kerfuffle with some duct tape” one commenter wrote.
“Like a little, fuzzy, multi legged puppy,” another person commented.
Even those who aren’t usually the biggest spider fans agreed were glad that Spidey was ok.
“I’m scared of spiders but I think this is so great! And cute!” a commenter wrote.
Other unconventional pet owners also chimed in.
“That happened with my snake and I just rubbed olive oil around the taped area. Came off super easy with no damage!” one user commented.
Newark Veterinary Hospital said that they were happy to help.
“Unfortunately many veterinarians do not see tarantulas or any exotics for that matter,” a representative for the hospital told INSIDER in an email. “However, we knew that this was a family pet and we wanted to help him. We have a special spray that we use to remove tape from bandages and we were able to use that to get the duct tape off. His owner sent us a picture of him happy and healthy in his cage later that evening. We were so happy to be able to help Spidey.”
Morris said that Spidey “took a few days to get back to himself after the ordeal,” but is doing well.
“We think it’s so neat that Spidey has gone viral,” she said. “He’s just blissfully unaware that he’s kinda famous and just doin’ his spider stuff.”
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