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by: JP Bill March 13, 2013 7:45 PM PDT

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Be careful next time you handle a tarantula.

by JP Bill - 3/13/13 7:45 PM

Toronto boy gets nasty surprise from tarantula brought in as birthday treat

When you think of animals brought to entertain kids at a birthday party you're probably thinking a pony, a goat or maybe a little monkey.

But Matthew and Allison Litzinger wanted their three-year-old son's third birthday to be special, so the Toronto couple arranged for an exotic animal handler to bring over a baby kangaroo and an owl and, oh yes, a tarantula.

The boy, who the Litzingers didn't want named, got to hold the Rose Hair tarantula and that seemed to go well. Until a few seconds later when he began to blink, rub his eye and start to cry, the National Post reports.

He didn't stop crying for hours. His discomfort went on for days, the Post says.

The Litzingers later learned their son had been the target of the tarantula's lesser known defence mechanism called urticating hair.

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