Man Says He’s Collected More Than 700 Pet Tarantulas Because It’s Good For His Mental Health

A man in England has a strange hobby, and that’s putting it mildly. Aaron Phoenix, 36, has gathered a collection of over 700 tarantulas, which he says helps his mental health. Phoenix says that people are amazed when they find out about his hobby, saying “They ask if there is something wrong with me.” How long does it take to build up a collection of over 700 spiders? He started in the summer of 2021 after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so less than three years.

He says he started his collection when doctors told him a hobby could help his mental health, and says “I don’t think there could ever be a limit with me – as soon as I had one, I knew I wanted more.” Phoenix works full-time doing house removals, but recently started showing off his collection of creepy-crawlies at kids’ parties, and plans to open a spider store, because of course he does.

Source: NY Post

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