Large pet tarantula stranded on California roof was… not that

In San Mateo, California, the Peninsula Humane Society dispatched an animal control officer in response to reports of a large pet tarantula stranded on a residential rooftop. The dogged officer climbed to the top of the roof only to discover that the spider was an old Halloween decoration. From UPI:

[Peninsula Humane Society's communications manager Buffy] Tarbox said the officer brought the plastic spider back to the humane society's office in Burlingame.

"It became this funny thing where they were placing it on various people's desks," Tarbox said. "That joke wore a little thin. It was put into the trash."