For those who are afraid of spiders, it’s a nightmare come true: a man in North Rhine-Westphalia found a nasty surprise in his mailbox when he opened it to discover a tarantula.
Bernd Hallebach, who lives in the city of Mönchengladbach, discovered the spider on Saturday morning, reported local newspaper RP Online on Tuesday.
"I'm quite robust, but that shocked me," he said.
The encounter with the eight-legged animal was so unexpected that Hallebach almost picked it up along with his mail. The idea of it now makes him shudder.
"I was never afraid of spiders...but I am now," Hallebach said.
He later learned that the spider can sting or bite its opponent when it feels attacked or irritated. Fortunately for Hallebach, he did not come into contact with the insect.
Hallebach had no idea who put the spider in his mailbox, and why they did it.
He wanted to report it to the police, because he viewed it as an offence against the protection of species law, and as attempted bodily harm.
However Hallebach claims he was told by police that putting a spider in someone's mailbox was not a criminal offence. The police were unable to trace the case on Monday, RP Online said.