Tarantula Scare In Jhargram, West Midnapore


West Midnapore: Tarantula scare has once again returned to Jhargram and West Midnapore after a 24-year-old homemaker from Garia’s Boral locality had to be hospitalized on Thursday.

A suspected tarantula bit her when she was offering puja at the ground floor of her house. The incident took place on Thursday.

The victim Putul Pailan, was hospitalised with an irregular heartbeat. Doctors later said the bite was certainly from a tarantula. Putul’s husband Bhaskar, though, said forest officials told him they needed to ascertain whether the insect was a tarantula, spider or something else.

The insect lying within the flowers, bit her with a severe sting. Amid severe pain, Putul managed to place the insect in a container and called her husband Bhaskar, who was then returning home from his workplace.

Two years ago, there was a panic at Debra block in the district after eight people were hospitalised due to spider-bites. All the victims were discharged after preliminary treatment, though there was a strong rumour that they were bitten by tarantulas.

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