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Eight-year-old girl keeps 50 tarantulas, snakes and scorpions  in her bedroom


An eight-year-old girl who keeps 50 tarantulas in her bedroom was hailed ‘the next Steve Irwin’ after revealing she thinks ‘invertebrates are cute’. 

Holly Greenhalgh, from Cheshire, keeps snakes, cockroaches, snails, and scorpions in her room, after becoming ‘fascinated’ with spiders at the age of two, when she saw one spinning a web. 

The schoolgirl appeared on This Morning today with her mother Rachel and her Chilean rose tarantula called Ruby. 

She told that her she started ‘nagging’ her mum for a pet spider after visiting a museum exhibition about invertebrates, and has since amassed so many pets she can’t keep track of their names.  

Holly Greenhalgh (pictured), from Cheshire, keeps 50 tarantulas, snakes, cockroaches, snails, and scorpions in her room

Holly Greenhalgh (pictured), from Cheshire, keeps 50 tarantulas, snakes, cockroaches, snails, and scorpions in her room

Appearing on This Morning with her mother Rachel and her Chilean rose tarantula called Ruby, she told that her she started 'nagging' her mum for a pet spider after visiting a museum

Appearing on This Morning with her mother Rachel and her Chilean rose tarantula called Ruby, she told that her she started ‘nagging’ her mum for a pet spider after visiting a museum 

‘When I started liking spiders and animals was when I was two,’ said Hollie. ‘I saw a spider making a web and it was fascinating. 

‘Then I went to a museum and saw a tarantula and I started nagging my mum for one.’  

Hollie told she keeps ‘tarantulas, scorpion, snails, cockroaches, cats, dogs’, and shares her animal expertise on her YouTube channel, PrincessSophiePink, which has more than 6,600 subscribers. 

‘My mission on YouTube is to spread that spiders and invertebrates are cute,’ said Hollie. ‘But my proper mission is to meet David Attenborough’. 

While Hollie might be a fan of tarantulas, her mother Rachel (pictured) admitted she wasn't as keen, revealing she's still not '100 per cent comfortable' with her daughter's pets

While Hollie might be a fan of tarantulas, her mother Rachel (pictured) admitted she wasn’t as keen, revealing she’s still not ‘100 per cent comfortable’ with her daughter’s pets

Hollie shares her animal expertise on her YouTube channel, PrincessSophiePink, which has 6.64K subscribers

Hollie shares her animal expertise on her YouTube channel, PrincessSophiePink, which has 6.64K subscribers

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter, with one hailing the young animal enthusiast ‘a budding David Attenborough’, while other adult viewers admitted they were squeamish about the schoolgirl’s pets. 

‘Hollie is a budding David Attenborough,’ wrote one. 

Another admitted: ‘Nearly jumped out of my seat when the wee girl holding the huge spider came on @thismorning ! No I can’t watch it. Have to turn it over.’ 

A third wrote: ‘I reckon little 8-year-old Holly’s the next Steve Irwin!’ 

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter, with one hailing the young animal enthusiast 'a budding David Attenborough', while other adult viewers admitted they were squeamish about the schoolgirl's pets

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter, with one hailing the young animal enthusiast ‘a budding David Attenborough’, while other adult viewers admitted they were squeamish about the schoolgirl’s pets

While Hollie might be a fan of tarantulas, her mother Rachel admitted she wasn’t as keen, revealing she’s still not ‘100 per cent comfortable’ with her daughter’s pets. 

‘It’s turned a lot into fascination now,’ she said, ‘but I’m still not 100 per cent comfortable with them. I’ve just seen how she is with them, she loves them’. 

Showing off one of her pet snakes to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes, Hollie admitted that one of her snakes has managed to ‘escape’ before, and that she has too many pet tarantulas to give all of them names. 

Hollie showed off one of her pet tarantulas called Ruby to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes

Hollie showed off one of her pet tarantulas called Ruby to hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes

Hollie started keeping animals in her room  after becoming 'fascinated' with spiders at the age of two, when she saw one spinning a web

Hollie started keeping animals in her room  after becoming ‘fascinated’ with spiders at the age of two, when she saw one spinning a web

‘My snakes have escaped’, said Hollie. ‘Some have names, for the tarantulas we have to know what gender they are and have to wait for them to moult. I’ve kind of named them but there’s too many.’  

When asked whether her pets make her popular at school, the schoolgirl went on: ‘Some friends think they’re cool, some friends don’t really think they’re cool.

‘I did a PowerPoint in year two about the animals and they kept nagging their mums to get one but their mums wouldn’t let them.’

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