Just as the neighborhood got rid of its only heavy metal bar, Park Slope has a terrifying new problem on its hands: A local resident’s pregnant Mexican Red Rump tarantula is missing.
According to Gothamist (via Reddit), the “mostly harmless” Penelope went missing from her South Slope home recently. Her loving owner has been taping up posters featuring this message around the neighborhood:
Have you seen Penelope? She’s a Mexican Red Rump Tarantula
I know she looks crazy scary, but she’s mostly harmless. She’s pregnant, so I’m hoping to find her before she has her babies. She’s mostly active at night and likes to hide in dark corners. She shouldn’t bite, but sometimes jumps when frightened. If you find her, please try to catch her and put her in a tupperware bowl with a few holes in the top for air. Then please call me and I will come and get her.
Then there’s a phone number, but unfortunately it’s been cut off in all the pictures we have available.
Wikipedia confirms the owner’s claims, saying that Mexican Red Rumps are “typically docile” and that females like Penelope can live for up to 15 years! Pretty interesting. Here’s hoping she’s reunited with her owner sooner rather than later.
Follow Nikita Richardson on Twitter @nikitarbk