Big surprise, the media gets an arthropod story wrong. The level of wrongness is impressive, though.
The headline is “Stowaway Afghan Spider kills Family Dog.”
First, the story is about a camel spider, which isn’t actually a spider at all. It’s a solifugid, which is a relative of true spiders (Arachnida: Solifugae). They are formidable looking, and they can be aggressive.
The second error is identifying it as a “poisonous spider.” This group of animals doesn’t have venom–just huge pointy jaws. I’ve seem them eat a cricket, and it looks like they are running it through a a can opener.
Third, there is this statement: “It seems too much of a coincidence that she died at the same time that we saw the spider.” Um, yes, it IS a coincidence. Even if it was a teacup poodle, there is no way that that it was killed by a solifugid. Cut, sure. Killed, no way. Bummer about your dog, but her death has nothing to do with this.
Lastly, the story ends with this: “The desert dwelling camel spider, actually an insect rather than an arachnid….”
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. it is an Arachnid. It is Not an insect.
Does CNN not know how to work Teh Google?
EDITED TO ADD: apparently the Telegraph also cannot use the internet. Although they had fewer errors than CNN.