This whole account is a wild tale to be sure, and it is hard to know just how much truth it has to it. According to the stories, the whole incident was supposedly covered-up by the authorities but it managed to leak to a Turkish newspaper, which allegedly first broke the news. This newspaper account apparently mentioned that the spider’s lair was subsequently destroyed and that large eggs had been found. The theory as to its origin was that it was a giant spider mutated by the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant disaster. Since this outlandish tale is all based on a rumored report by a Turkish newspaper that could have very well been a tabloid, and considering that fact that any official source on the matter seems to be lacking, it smacks of a spooky tale generated by the Internet and is probably best taken with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, it is certainly creepy.
As outlandish and exciting as such stories are, the reality is that although there have been mutations witnessed in the local wildlife of the Chernobyl region, nothing seen so far has been so spectacular as these tales. Most of the changes are mundane things such as birth defects, decreased litters in rodent populations, and some health problems, but for the most part the flora and fauna of the area are not as devastated as one might think, and there certainly have been no official reports or hard evidence of super-sized monsters. In many ways, with the absence of human activity some species have actually been even better off after the disaster.