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A woman calls with a Chile spider on her hand. More and More Chinese young people are keen to keep odd pet amnimals such as snakes, lizards and spiders. About 100, 000 urban youth, aged 18 to 30, are said to own such pet aminals in the country. [Xinhua]

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