A 2004 episode of the children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig was banned in Australia for being dangerously spider-friendly but then accidentally aired there last month.

In the episode the character, frightened by a spider, is told by its father that “spiders are very, very small and they can’t hurt you”, whereupon Peppa picks up the spider and tucks it into bed.

In fact Australia is home to a number of highly poisonous spiders that no-one should touch, including Redbacks, Mouse spiders, Wolf spiders and the lethal Funnel Web, as well as dangerous Cone snails, Eastern Brown snakes, centipedes, mosquitoes, Saltwater crocodiles, sharks, Blue-ringed octopus, Stonefish and Box jellyfish, all of which should be avoided.

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