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Pregnant tarantula loose in Brooklyn was a hoax

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A story that went viral on Friday showed that someone posted fliers announcing their pregnant "Mexican red rump-tarantula named Penelope escaped in South Slope, Brooklyn.

We drove all around that neighborhood and found that poster nowhere. Those to whom we spoke all knew of the missing arachnid but only saw the flier online. The creepy news, if this isn't a hoax: Penelope might stand a decent chance of surviving in the wild.

Well, as it turns out, the whole thing was an elaborate hoax.  The New York Times got a hold of the person behind the sign and he admitted it was all a joke that got out of hand.

He said he never expected it to blow up or that anyone would take his flier seriously

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