'KUWTK': Is Kim's 'brave' daughter North West USA's answer to Bindi Irwin? Here's why fans think so
Kim Kardashian West went to great lengths to get over her crippling fear of spiders by handling a tarantula on Thursday night's episode of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'. Even though full of fear, she drove with a tarantula cage riding shotgun along with her. She then held the cage in her hand, walked with it inside her home, held the creature in her bare palms as well as had it placed on her head. In the past seasons, viewers have always seen Kim running with great speed at the mention of spiders. So why was Kim finally coming face to face with her fears?
Kim was conquering her arachnophobia for her eldest child: North West who loves to interact with animals. She already has a dog and horses as pets and in the recent episode, she was seen demanding a tarantula as a pet. Kim took her to the pet shop but tried to bribe the shop owner into laying out some alarming facts about tarantulas in front of North but her plan didn't go as she had imagined and the lady ended up saying they make for great pets. Kim even hatched a plan to get North off the tarantula train. While talking to Khloe Kardashian, Kim revealed what she plans to do in order to make it happen. “Maybe I’ll just… I’ll be sitting there and looking at my phone and I’ll be like, ‘Oh my god did you hear the news? All these kids died at a school from tarantula bites,” she said.
North was not ready to back down and with Khloe's support (Khloe has always been supportive of North's obsession with animals) she made it very clear that she needs one as a pet. Kim was not giving in, in a confessional she made it very clear that as long as North's under her roof, no spiders are allowed in the house. This is when Khloe decided that she'd help Kim conquer her fears and she picked up a tarantula cage and put it in the passenger seat of the car that Kim drove with the creature on it. She also carried the cage inside the home. Not just that, she herself contacted wildlife expert and YouTube personality Coyote Peterson to come to her house with all spiders. She struck up a deal with North that if she holds a tarantula for some time, she'd have to give up the demand for having it as a pet to which North agreed. KKW's eldest daughter, all of seven years, snuggled close to her mother, offering support as her mother held the creature and even let it be placed on her head. Earlier in the episode, another pet shop owner had come to their house and North had a tarantula placed on her head and had no problem being in close proximity around it while Kim was seen running for shelter. It was a complete 360-degree change for Kim who was even though was completely freaked out of the creepy-crawly, allowed it to be placed on her body.
North emerged as the hero in this episode and viewers were shocked by how unbothered, brave, and comfortable she was around animals and they took to Twitter to praise her. "North really seems to love animals and nature. You should get her together with Bindi Irwin. Maybe she could be the US version of Bindi one day. @KimKardashian #KUWTK" wrote a fan. "Ok, but how is North so brave I couldn’t even handle that #KUWTK@KimKardashian," wrote another. "I love how North helps Kim defeat her fears so adorable!! @KimKardashian #KUWTK" read another tweet. "Is north afraid of something? she is so brave #KUWTK," wrote another. "Love how fearless North is #KUWTK," wrote another.
'Keeping Up With the Kardashian' airs on Thursdays at 8 pm ET on E!