In this world, everything has a price. Even the air we breathe has a price. Customs, traditions, and even cultures, are marketable. This Chinese farmer recently announced he would sell, for a certain amount of money, one hourglass spider, an endemic species of the Asian country.
On January 14, in Pujiang, near Chengdu, Li Wehua found a mysterious spider with the pattern of a disc in its belly, motive why it’s called hourglass spider.
At first, the farmer didn’t know if it was a spider or a cultural relic. So he invited some people to see his founding. But, after some inquiries, Li concluded it was an hourglass spider. This is one of the rarest and ancient spiders ever. Probably, is one of the first documented insects from the great Asian continent, according to a book from the fifth century.
After knowing these facts, people was amazed. Especially Li, who considers selling his discovery. He thinks he could ask a large amount of money, and he wants to sell the spider as a domestic animal: a pet with historical meaning.
We will have to wait to see how this crazy plan ends. Meanwhile, his founding has inspired many biologists to continue the search for this millenary spider, a rarely seen animal.