A Scots oil worker told of the moment he found a fearsome false widow spider in his hotel room as he quarantined.
Marc Gauld, 38, said he was ‘seriously bored’ while completing his two week isolation inside a London hotel, before spending six weeks on a rig in Guyana in South America.
But there was a shock in store for the Aberdonian after he spotted the poisonous arachnid scuttling around the wall right beside his head.
Quick-thinking Marc leapt into action before capturing the spider and putting it in a glass.
The dangerous eight-legged creature resembles the feared black widow and can cause extremely painful bites and even infection, with some people hospitalised from the bites.
In July we told how the husband of Scots woman Margaret Wood was fighting for his life in hospital for three weeks after a false widow bit him on the face.
Medics also gave the Largs man three lumbar punctures to keep the inflammation on his brain down, due to where the bite was on his face.
Talking of this latest encounter, Marc told the Record: “I am in quarantine before I go abroad to work.
“I was watching TV with the reading light on and when I went to the fridge the spider ran right up the wall next to me.
“I knew it was a little different to the spiders I normally see from the way it moved so I captured it in a glass then took some photos of it, as I know what false widows look like so was happy to have caught one.”
It was not the first time he had encountered the feared arachnid, with Marc coming face to face with one in his home in Aberdeen.
He said: “A couple years ago I had one In my house on the stairs in Aberdeen which was unusual as they are rarer the further north you travel.
“I always release them out the door or window. I don’t like killing them. That goes for any spider.”
He posted a picture of the spider earlier today on Facebook with the caption: “Caught a false widow in my room last night! What a spider man!”
A study, published in the international medical journal Clinical Toxicology this year, claims that some bite victims experience symptoms very similar to the true black widow spiders and some severe cases require hospital admission.
It’s also thought the species, which was first documented in Britain over 140 years ago, has suddenly increased in numbers in recent decades.
Marc had previously made headlines across the world after the Daily Record revealed his fundraising plan to send a flat earth believer mate into space.
In January we told of the oil worker’s scheme to raise £250,000 to send his pal on a space flight with Virgin Galactic to prove to him the earth is round.
Since the Record revealed the campaign he has appeared in news articles across the world and even spoke on US radio.
He told the Daily Record he had contacted billionaires Richard Branson of Virgin and Elon Musk of SpaceX.
He said: “I have a couple of friends that are flat earthers and it drives me crazy their total nonsense that they speak.”
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Scots oil worker finds fearsome false widow spider while quarantining in hotel