A MAN has found a tarantula in a cupboard in his home.
The Scottish SPCA is now caring for the arachnid after rescuing it from the property in the Portobello area of Edinburgh.
The charity believes the creature may have escaped from its home and attempts are being made to trace the owner.
The spider is being cared for at the Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Balerno, where staff have named him Sebastian.
Centre manager Diane Aitchison said: “Sebastian is in good condition so I think there’s a chance he’s escaped from home and his owner is looking for him.
“Tarantulas are quite popular pets, although most people would probably get a fright if they came across one.
“Thankfully, the man who found Sebastian wasn’t too fazed and he managed to contain him until we got there.
“It would be wonderful to return him home if he has gone missing.
“If no-one comes forward for Sebastian we’ll find him a caring new owner who understands his needs.”
The tarantula was found at a property in Baileyfield Road on June 22.
Anyone who recognises Sebastian is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA’s animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
Despite their appearance tarantulas are less fearsome than they look. They have a painful bite but their venom is weaker than that of a typical bee.