Tarantula found on golf course

A woman golfer got quite a shock while playing a round of golf at the Schloss Tillysburg golf course at St. Florian, near Linz, when she discovered a tarantula spider lurking near the fairway.

Tarantula found on golf course
This is not the spider, but it looks very similar. Maybe they're cousins? Photo: Animal Crossing Wiki / Creative Commons

Most golfers are familiar with birdies and eagles, but in a new avian twist as reported on Wednesday on OE24, a golfer spotted a 'Vogelspinne' – known in German as a 'bird spider'.

She immediately alerted an employee of the club, who collected the spider in a bucket, and passed it on to an animal rescue group.

As tarantulas are not normally native to Austria, but reside in the sub-tropical regions, it is suspected this specimen had escaped from a collector.  

A bite from a tarantula, while painful, is generally not fatal to human beings, unless they are allergic.

According to a report on the Austrian state broadcaster ORF, the woman was not sufficiently frightened of the spider to consider ending her golf game, so she played on.

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