I was casually strolling on a quiet leafy street the other day and became slightly startled when I saw something scuttle across the road ahead. Thinking it was likely a mouse or perhaps more foul a rat, I carried on. On closer inspection I realised it was a rather large Tarantula. I knew seeing a Tarantula was a possibility in Colombia; however I did not expect to stumble on one in such a way. I was maybe expecting a more romantic meeting, perhaps in the jungle.
I am not particularly scared of spiders but seeing something that size in the open, when you know it is still fully capable of biting you, is a little daunting. I felt a sort of shaken excitedness at the sight of it. Although I am very glad I can now tick Tarantula off my list of ‘animals I want to see that will terrify me when I stumble on them unexpectedly’, there is an embarrassing hope that I will not come across such a thing again.