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Orpington headmaster's tarantula challenge

PUBLISHED: 15:54 06 October 2010

St Olaves school

Headmaster eating a tarantula

St Olaves school Headmaster eating a tarantula

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A headmaster helped to raise money for charity by eating a baked tarantula spider.

St Olaves school

Headmaster eating a tarantula

The new head at St Olaves School, Aydin Önaç, munched the oversized arachnid in front of hundreds of pupils in assembly last Friday morning to raise more than £1,700 towards a new drama centre and sports hall at the boys’ school in Goddington Lane, Orpington.

The giant black “A-ping” tarantula, which had been baked in the oven, is considered a delicacy in Cambodia, after locals were forced to eat them to survive during the Khymer Rouge period in the 1970s.

The eight-legged monster, the size of Mr Önaç’s palm, was ethically farmed in Cambodia before being flown over for the stunt by the company www.edible.com

The courageous stunt, organised by parents, coincided with a non-uniform day at the school.

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