Creepy cargo: Philippines seizes 757 tarantulas from Poland
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<p> Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising contraband: hundreds of live tarantulas.</p> <p> Bureau of Customs personnel seized the 757 tarantulas at a mail exchange center near Manila's international airport Monday and later arrested a Filipino man who tried to claim the long-legged and venomous spiders, which were declared as "collection items."</p> <amp-ad width=330 height=215 class="amp-ad" layout=responsive type="yieldmo" data-ymid="1236120705964866847"> </amp-ad><p> Many of the baby tarantulas were concealed in small plastic vials punctured with holes for air while bigger spiders were shipped in see-through plastic containers. Officials estimated the value of the unusual shipment at 310,000 pesos ($5,900).</p> <p> Philippine wildlife laws prohibit the trading, collection and possession of such spiders, which are popular <a href="https://abcnews.go.com/alerts/Pets" id="_ap_link_pets_Pets_" target="_blank">pets</a> among arachnid enthusiasts, without permits.</p> <p> Despite threats of hefty fines and imprisonment, a startling array of wildlife have been seized by the hundreds by airport customs inspectors in Manila since last year, including geckos, iguanas, chameleons and a popular reptile called bearded dragons.</p>