The poison of the world's deadliest spider, the funnel-web, is used for making anti-venom shots. People bit by spiders are treated with anti-venom, else they may not survive longer than an hour.
However, it is being warned that there has been a shortage of anti-venom; hence, Australians are being urged to catch spiders. Australian Reptile Park located north of Sydney is the only site in Australia, from where the poison can be extracted from the spider.
Julie Mendezona, who works at the park, affirmed that there has been a significant shortage in the anti-venom stocks. Hence, she requested that if anyone catches the funnel-web spider, then they should bring it to the centre.
She said, "Usually we are the ones saying to people, if you see a dangerous animal, leave it alone and then it will leave you alone, and you won't have any run-ins".
However, she added that this time it is necessary to urge the community members to help the centre in catching the spider, which will even be a benefit for them, as the anti-venom prepared is used to treat the public. She suggested that this is the most convenient way by which they can obtain the spider.
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