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Animal shelter in Massachusetts seeks home for Gwen the tarantula

Gwen is a Rose Hair Tarantula who the MSPCA believes is a four-year-old female (credit MSPCA-Angell).jpg
Gwen is a rose hair tarantula that the MSPCA believes is a 4-year-old female. ( MSPCA-Angell photo).

Animal rescuers in Massachusetts said Tuesday that they are caring for a tarantula that needs a home.

MSPCA-Angell said Gwen is a rose hair tarantula. Gwen was surrendered by a family that was moving.

Rescuers said they believe Gwen is female, but they don't know for sure. They think the spider is about 4 years old and could live another 15 years or more. It's about the size of a teacup.

The MSCPA said tarantula care isn't difficult, but like any pet they require time and attention.

“We’re looking for a dedicated owner that can keep up with Gwen’s specialized care, and someone experienced with Tarantulas more generally,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA-Angell.

The organization said it doesn't see many tarantulas. It's had about 10 in 20 years.

"It's always interesting for our staff and volunteers when a Tarantula comes into our care as they are so unusual for us to see at the adoption center," Keiley said.

Anyone interested in adopting Gwen can contact MSCPA-Angell.