It sounds like a bad horror movie, but on May 8th, shortly after a local Hindu festival, swarms of never-before-seen spiders suddenly invaded Sadiya, a village in eastern India. The spiders were large and aggressive with many claiming that the arachnids would leap at people and cling onto their skin while biting. When the swarms of spiders first appeared after the festival, panicked crowds ran and tripped over one another trying to escape the frightening invaders. Witnesses claimed that the swarms of large spiders were chasing the crowds.
Hundreds of locals who were bitten showed up at the hospital, with many more going to local witch doctors for remedies. Those who were bitten reported feeling extreme pain and nausea. The actual bite sites turned black and were usually swollen. At least two people died from bites sustained by the spiders, including a young schoolboy.
The species of spider is unknown and natives claim that they have never seen the arachnids before the frightening invasion almost a month ago. They are reported to resemble tarantulas but the scientist leading the investigation and who has collected specimens says that the spiders “could be a whole new species.” He went on to remark that “whatever the species, it is a highly aggressive spider. It leaps at anything that comes close. Some of the victims claimed the spider latched onto them after biting. … The chelicerae and fangs of this critter are quite powerful; but it’s too early to declare it a killer spider.” No known photos of the dangerous spiders have yet been made public.
It is still unclear where the spider swarms migrated from. Villagers are still being kept indoors, and the government is considering dousing the area with the dangerous insecticide DDT.