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The Everton Spider

By Lynne Hunter :  24/11/2009 :  Comments (18) :

As football fans in Liverpool gear up for the most anticipated fixture of the season this Sunday, there is an exciting new Everton fan on Merseyside, who is expected to cause quite a stir in the city.

An incredible blue and white striped tarantula will go on display at the BugWorld Experience at Liverpool’s Albert Dock this Friday, with astonished visitors sure to marvel at the unusual colours and markings of the spider, which have inspired its nickname – the Everton Spider.

The honorary Toffee, which originates from India, is called the Gooty Saphire Ornamental Tree Spider and is set to be one of the most exciting exhibits at the BugWorld Experience as people will not believe what they are seeing. The BugWorld Experience is the only place in the UK that people can see the unique tarantula up close and it will be showcased in a brand new display taking pride of place in the rainforest section of the attraction.

The stunning blue spider is considered Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as it is very close to becoming extinct in the wild. As a result, the interactive insectarium is also recruiting two babies to its youth squad and is planning to breed the tarantula so it can have its very own Everton Spider football team.

Jenny Dobson, General Manager at the BugWorld Experience said: “We are so excited to be receiving one of these stunning spiders, it truly does need to be seen to be believed. Its distinctive blue and white skin makes it unlike any other spider here at the BugWorld Experience and indeed anywhere in the world.

“The arrival of the Everton Spider is a great addition for our interactive insectarium, not only because of its fantastic Evertonian colours, but it also highlights the BugWorld Experience’s continuing efforts for preserving endangered species. Although it’s not a danger to humans, its bite is harsher than others within the tarantula family and therefore, like all spiders, should not be handled.

“I know the spider will be a huge hit amongst the Blue’s in the city, but the Liverpool fans should not worry as we are currently on the hunt for a red and white animal to represent their team too.”

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Paul Baxter
1   Posted 24/11/2009 at 15:22:18

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I fully expect the poor bugger to suffer between 1-8 knee injuries any minute now...
Lee Smith
2   Posted 24/11/2009 at 15:46:13

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Ha Ha, superb Paul!
Gareth Humphreys
3   Posted 24/11/2009 at 15:59:29

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What the blazes is all that about?
Kevin Jones
4   Posted 24/11/2009 at 16:22:28

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Great that Lynne ! did you get that off the Web.

I’ll get me coat
Antony Matthews
5   Posted 24/11/2009 at 16:25:00

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Has it got its own WEBsite ?
Karl Masters
6   Posted 24/11/2009 at 16:57:07

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Liverpool need look no further for a creature to enter BUGWORLD than their own ex-Manager, the bug eyed, Gerard Houllier.
Bryan Douglas
7   Posted 24/11/2009 at 19:12:23

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"Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature "

says it all really
Ian Stewart
8   Posted 24/11/2009 at 19:25:35

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It certainly puts a new spin on things.
Barry Thompson
9   Posted 24/11/2009 at 19:35:28

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I hope they don’t expect David Moyes to go and see it because he won’t. Unfortunately he suffers from attacknaphobia.
Charles King
10   Posted 24/11/2009 at 20:10:42

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LFC already have their own exhibit- Carragher- feckin donkey.
Stephen Graham
11   Posted 24/11/2009 at 20:55:04

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Good omen ahead of the derby. Isn’t. the tarantula a bird-eating spider? And the RS sport the Liver bird ...
Dick Fearon
12   Posted 24/11/2009 at 22:43:27

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In view of our parlous circumstances I wonder if it related to the Trap Door spider.
Tony Rice
13   Posted 25/11/2009 at 00:34:40

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" a new signing!!!!"
Kirk McArdle
14   Posted 25/11/2009 at 01:56:58

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Will it be looking for investment 24 / 7?
Marc Williams
15   Posted 25/11/2009 at 08:51:02

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Exciting reports that we were about to sign this ’little fella’ appear to be just the usual tranfer ’bullshit’. This is a shame as he’d have been the fastest thing in Everton colours signed during the Moyes era as he has a wicked turn of speed.

A club insider allegedly made the following statement : "Aye, we were alerted to this wee fella’s availability and despite the chairman’s concern over the cost of buying four wee pairs of boots for him, he did visit Finch farm recently.

"However our coaching staff raised concern’s that it was difficult enough trying to get players to pass a ball with two feet let alone eight. So despite his pace, ’Spidee’ did little tracking back and I’m left with little option but getting in another defense minded donkey on loan in January instead"

Jamie Rowland
16   Posted 25/11/2009 at 10:05:36

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The fact that it moves at all makes it quicker than Fellaini.
James Boden
17   Posted 25/11/2009 at 14:07:22

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As long as he moves at snails pace and is 1 dimensional but vertasile he is sure to find a place in the team by the end of the season.
Stephen Graham
18   Posted 25/11/2009 at 14:11:42

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Ate, but he’s a hard wee fella. Bites yer leg, in fact!

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