As it turns out, a compound found in the spider’s venom could serve as a powerful painkiller and could offer an alternative to conventional painkillers which can have nasty side effects.
One challenge for scientists is to isolate the painkilling peptides from the toxins that can paralyze and kill a tarantula’s prey, but if they succeed, tarantula venom could be used to take the sting out of pain.
Six-year-old Lucy, a pit bull terrier, was stabbed in the neck after trying to keep the invader at bay.
An argument in the city of Fort Myers turned violent after 48-year-old Walter Williams arrived at a house to see his ex-girlfriend Lisa Potts. Williams was brandishing a knife and threatened Potts.
Wilber Zarate and his daughter, Cynthia, seek more than $9 million. They each sued the Norfolk-based animal rights group Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court for $2 million and are asking for $5 million in punitive damages. Zarate and his daughter also are suing PETA workers Victoria Carey and Jennifer Woods for $350,000 each.
A PETA official declined to comment on the suit Tuesday, saying the group hadn’t read it yet.
Jakari Jackson interviews filmmaker Michael Ozias about his film detailing the continued killing of family pets by paranoid police officers.