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Caterpillar plague A venomous, hairy creature is terrorising Americans—and it’s not Donald Trump

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The caterpillar

The caterpillar

Virginia Department of Forestry

The caterpillar

American authorities are warning locals to stay clear of hoards of toxic bugs.

The large caterpillar, that looks more like a small wig than your garden variety bug, is wreaking havoc in Virginia.

This week the Virginia Department of Forestry and Health was forced to put out a general warning to locals asking them to avoid contact with the dangerous creatures.

Known as the furry puss caterpillar, the rare bug is extremely poisonous and is rampaging through the natural forestry.

Officials have warned any forest users to stay away from the hairy, venomous creature as the puss caterpillar's hairy coat hides venomous spines.

The insist that while the caterpillar may look cute and harmless. It is not.

"#SocialDistance away from this caterpillar!" the forestry department said on Facebook, posting a photo of the brown-haired critter.

According to the Facebook page the insect is named the furry puss caterpillar for its resemblance to less venomous house cats.

However, people who have brushed up against its hairy coat have a painful reaction which can often lead to hospitalisation.

Other symptoms include headaches, fever, nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, seizure, and in rare cases and abdominal pain.

All of which may be preferable to a Donald Trump rally.


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