Was a spider in a tourist’s skin a new species of parasitic spider never before discovered? Some experts are saying that the 8-legged invader — reported to have crawled through an old scar and been living in a young man’s torso for three days — must be in order for this viral story to be true. Pop Herald News reveals this Friday, October 17, 2014, that officials are trying to shed new light on this frightening occurrence to verify whether it was indeed a spider, and not some other creepy crawly, that made a human victim its temporary host.
The mere thought of a spider inside a tourist’s skin is enough to send chills down the spine, and Dylan Thomas — a 21-year-old traveler from Australia who visited Bali earlier this year — was allegedly told that this is indeed what happened to him. After feeling some serious pain in his stomach area, he finally went in for medical help, and some weird news is what he received.
The cause, he was told, was horrifying; a venomous tropical spider had apparently managed to crawl through an old scar from an appendix removal surgery and been living in his stomach for almost half a week. The proof is in the skin; a blistered, red, and winding scar can be seen across the front of his torso that is almost a foot long. The arachnid invader was quickly removed and is currently being examined, but some health and animal experts are saying that the possibility of this foreign infiltrator being a spider may be false.
According to an updated press release from the Inquisitr, the case may be that this alleged spider inside an unknowing tourist was no spider at all. If it in fact is, then the animal is likely a parasitic species previously undiscovered. A skeptical comment made by Christopher Buddle, a professor at McGill University, is saying that arachnids are not know to ever crawl, burrow, or invade their way under prey’s skin, including humans. The 8-legged animal would not have normally ever tried to enter through an old scar, let alone attempt to live in a stomach or torso region, he added.
“I think this [trending weird news story] is extremely suspect, unusual, and likely not possible. Simply put: it is not plausible and I can think of no valid reason why a spider might ‘crawl beneath skin through a scar.’ The claim that it was ‘feeding and moving up through the scar tissue’ defies logic and defies what we know about the biology of spiders. I am also sceptical because the ‘evidence’ (the spider itself) is not presented…. Other arthropods (e.g., ticks/mites/perhaps some insects) could ‘possibly’ be ‘associated’ with something like this… perhaps… But certainly not a spider.”
The Latino Post has added this afternoon that although a spider crawling through a tourist and burrowing its way under the skin may not be “impossible,” it’s more likely that a mite or similar small invader might be to blame. As such, current claims may be false. Other experts are also mentioning that they are waiting for conclusive results from the study of this alleged parasitic arachnid before making any major confirmations.
“My initial reaction is that this is a mite (also 8-legged) rather than a spider, and mites are renowned for this type of behaviour, such as in scabies. Let’s see what the identification brings,” said another source.
Are you under the impression that a new species of parasitic spider might have been found? Is a mite or tick the cause of this tourist trap getting under the public’s skin and into one man’s torso? Or is Dylan Thomas’ case simply a unique one, with a long red scar to prove the harrowing ordeal actually happened? Previous reports have mentioned that Dylan’s friends are now proudly calling him Spiderman, so at least this 21-year-old Australian is taking such a health scare all in good stride. Sound off below.