Tarantulama!

These rare and amiable arachno-ruminants inhabit the hills of inland Chile, where local children often house them as pets. Some are sewn tiny pack-saddles to carry collections of buttons, change, or other small household items. In some villages, it is customary for tarantulamas to climb up a groom’s leg, and along his arm, to deliver the wedding ring to the bride in an ornate and decorative saddle bag. Tarantualamas are venomous, but in humans, their poison acts like a mild opiate–all the more reason to include them in wedding ceremonies!

 

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