Written by CNN Staff • Updated 12th May 2019
Perhaps accidentally, a group of Georgians have gotten on the map.
In the eastern part of the nation, nearly half a million spiders were found in search of their “true” home on Monday, after a species of non-native boa constrictor was released into the wild. This isn’t the first time the boa has been found in Georgia, but when it was re-released in people’s backyards, roughly 300 eggs were laid. A total of around 500 baby spiders were released in the area, with the eggs following in between.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources believes there are now around 10,000 boa constrictors in Georgia’s wilderness, and they could soon be looking to mate with the spiders.
Thankfully, there hasn’t been an outbreak of any pneumatic, gross nature documentaries, but it appears that this bungle caused quite a bit of concern in what has already been declared by the government as one of the most beautiful parts of the world: the Appling Forest.
Boa constrictors are not known for their poor hygiene habits, so it’s understandable why they would be scared by the arrival of these spiders.
“Infiltrators” were found by the thousands in Appling Forest, Georgia, after a boa constrictor was released. Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
The force responsible for this rather messy sting in the state’s natural beauty is a man who is a scuba diver by trade and a former wildlife rehab advisor.
Troy Ward is no stranger to dangers, so when the swelling, sting-related swelling began to form after the release, his attention turned to it.
“We moved down to the basement and I opened up the door and just saw this mass of bodies all squished together,” Ward told Georgia’s local station, WCDW. “I was scaring the kids that were living here to death.”
Tragedy of the Georgia spider
Contagious diseases are the main threat of the southern Georgians’ spiders, but Ward says that the spiders themselves are of more concern.
While the initial shock has started to wear off, many in Appling Forest are left with an unwanted spirit: something called apophenia. The “mystery event” sent local reporters scrambling for the exact link between the release and one of the three main Hollywood universes: something is happening, and it’s not right.
Plans are already in place to visit Georgia to face the spiders directly: come October, Disney theme parks will be hosting their spooky one-hour “Fright Night Puppet Theatre” production in their forest forest alongside the same creatures which terrorized this whole town.
By the end of May, scientists hope to have been able to confirm which spider species is responsible for this invasion.