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Giant Spider caught eating bird in Cairns, Australia


Giant spider snapped eating bird in backyard near Cairns
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October 23, 2008 12:54pm

THIS amazing image of a mammoth spider devouring a bird was taken in the backyard of a property near Cairns.

The image, which is being cirulated via email worldwide, is real, according to wildlife experts, The Cairns Post reported.

The photo, believed to have been taken earlier this week, shows the spider clenching its legs around a lifeless bird trapped in a web at a property near Atherton, west of Cairns.

Joel Shakespeare, the head spider keeper at NSW's Australian Reptile Park, has told ninemsn the spider was a golden orb weaver.

"Normally they prey on large insects, it's unusual to see one eating a bird," he said.

Mr Shakepeare said he had seen golden orb weaver spiders as big as a human hand but the northern species in tropical areas were known to grow larger.

Mr Shakespeare told ninemsn the bird, a chestnut-breasted mannikin which appears frozen in an angel-like pose in the pictures, is likely to have flown into the web and got caught.

"It wouldn't eat the whole bird," he said.







Uhm...holy SHIT!!!!
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Already posted, with story, in the Random Picture thread.
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You know, the Random Picture thread really is at the forefront of the internet nowadays. First, the Mexican biker crash, then the old burger, then this...
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I was watching this show on the Discovery Channel, and the whole show was dedicated to spiders in Austrailia-- I guess there are a lot of nasty spiders down there, but holy shit, they didn't mention anything like this.
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I wonder what would happen if you stepped on that one.
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Already posted, with story, in the Random Picture thread.
Which is like a bajillion pages long.
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Holy shit. I hate spiders as it is...that one would give me a heart attack if I saw it in person.
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Impressive.
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I've always wanted to visit Australia. Not anymore.
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Okay, the size of the spider is fucking freaky enough, but how fucking strong is its web to be able to catch a fucking bird??! Fuck!
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Everything in Australia attacks humans. Even the soil.
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For some reason, I find pics like these, involving wildlife, disturbing, more so than anything humans do to each other. One just doesn't expect a bird that large and robust to fall prey to something smaller than it.
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Which is like a bajillion pages long.
Or on the very last page, earlier today.
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That things ever scarier than the giant goliath tarantula.
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I wonder what would happen if you stepped on that one.
It might kill you
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I'd get a shotgun out to kill that thing.
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That's about the size of a head crab. Grab the crowbars!
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Sweetheart, you live in Canada; nothing survives your winters.
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* has eyes covered*

guess this means I'll NEVER go to Australia....ever






*runs screaming*
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Damn. That puts the biggest spider that I have seen in my life to shame. Quick, nuke Australia or they will soon be catching us in their webs.
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We need John Goodman to take these fuckers out!
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"It wouldn't eat the whole bird," he said.
Is being only partially eaten by a giant spider any better ??

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