AN EIGHT-LEGGED pink zebra, the newest arrival at the Blue Reef Aquarium, is far from being science fiction.
The zebra in question is actually a type of tarantula from South America.
The pink zebra beauty, which can grow up to 15 centimetres in length, is still a juvenile with a leg span of around seven centimetres.
Keepers have been so impressed with the spider’s gentle nature they have decided to name it Belle after the character in the animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.
This is the first time the aquarium, which is based in Rock-a-Nore Road in the Old Town, has displayed spiders and is part of the attraction’s ongoing programme to introduce a wider range of land species to accompany the marine and freshwater displays.
Blue Reef’s Chris Ireland said: “Belle is a fantastic new addition and will eventually join our snakes and bearded dragons in our Jungle Room.
“Spiders aren’t to everyone’s liking but this particular species is incredibly placid and its beautiful markings and bright colours really does make it the belle of the spider ball!”