Giant spider snapped eating bird in backyard near Cairns

Postby dogged » October 29th, 2008, 1:51 pm

Click on the link for the pic. I'm going to barf.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24 ... 60,00.html

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.
Related Coverage
Pictures: All things giant
Giant spider snapped eating bird
NEWS.com.au, 23 Oct 2008
Giant spider snapped eating bird
Herald Sun, 23 Oct 2008
Giant spider snapped eating bird
Adelaide Now, 23 Oct 2008
Monster spider snapped eating bird
Daily Telegraph, 23 Oct 2008
Giant spider eats bird
Courier Mail, 23 Oct 2008
Your Say
My son's dog just died a few weeks back, and I think this would make a great new pet for him to buddy with. I'm sure it gets really hungry, but my neighbor has like thirty c...
(Read More)
Daddy Smalls of Sweetsport, IN

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.

See more pictures at The Cairns Post.
"Hey, I'm glad I found you. I need your approval to cut down some lollipop trees outside the sea monkey hut. These decisions have to go through you because you're the mayor of crazy town."
User avatar
dogged
Hyper Adolescent Bully
 
Posts: 275
Location: GA

Postby mnp13 » October 29th, 2008, 1:56 pm

Michelle

Inside me is a thin woman trying to get out. I usually shut the bitch up with a martini.
User avatar
mnp13
Evil Overlord
 
Posts: 17234
Location: Rochester, NY

Postby StalkerBlueDog » October 29th, 2008, 4:18 pm

Wow! That's incredible!
Jill Rakin CPDT-KA
"DAWN" U-CH Canami's Age of Aquarius CD RE AX OAJ NF CGC/TDI (1/3 AXJ, 1/5 U-GRCH, MACH pt'd)
"KAYLEE" U-CH Canami's Protector of Serenity (AKC major Pt'd)
"LEIA" Sorella's Rebel Princess (UKC pt'd)
"LUKE"Canami Sorella's A New Hope RN
User avatar
StalkerBlueDog
My dog can kick your sheep's ass
 
Posts: 292
Location: Canandaigua NY

Postby iluvk9 » October 29th, 2008, 4:23 pm

Holy Crap!! :shock:
iluvk9
I'm Cougarific!
 
Posts: 14900
Location: New York

Postby Jenn » October 29th, 2008, 4:29 pm

I HATE HATE HATE spiders, and I'm scared to look..
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure....
User avatar
Jenn
undecided
 
Posts: 11382
Location: TX

Postby iluvk9 » October 29th, 2008, 4:30 pm

Jenn wrote:I HATE HATE HATE spiders, and I'm scared to look..

DON'T DO IT JENN!!!!
iluvk9
I'm Cougarific!
 
Posts: 14900
Location: New York

Postby Jenn » October 29th, 2008, 4:36 pm

Well I most definitely WON'T now... :giggle:
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure....
User avatar
Jenn
undecided
 
Posts: 11382
Location: TX

Postby BigDogBuford » October 29th, 2008, 4:44 pm

I now have the heebie jabeebies.
~Jeanine

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
User avatar
BigDogBuford
I love snipe hunts.
 
Posts: 2053
Location: Lake Stevens, WA

Postby pitbullmamaliz » October 29th, 2008, 5:00 pm

Yeah, me too. :o
"Remember - every time your dog gets somewhere on a tight leash *a fairy dies and it's all your fault.* Think of the fairies." http://www.positivepetzine.com"

http://www.pitbullzen.com
http://inaradog.wordpress.com
User avatar
pitbullmamaliz
Working out in the buff causes chafing
 
Posts: 15437
Location: Cleveland, OH

Postby StalkerBlueDog » October 29th, 2008, 5:03 pm

I got bit by a water spider this summer.. it made my foot swell up and I got cellulitus in the top of my foot.. not a pleasant experience. I had to buy a new pair of shoes because my foot was a size bigger then my other one..

Not fun. But I do like spiders.. they eat mosquitos.. and I like them even less then spiders.
Jill Rakin CPDT-KA
"DAWN" U-CH Canami's Age of Aquarius CD RE AX OAJ NF CGC/TDI (1/3 AXJ, 1/5 U-GRCH, MACH pt'd)
"KAYLEE" U-CH Canami's Protector of Serenity (AKC major Pt'd)
"LEIA" Sorella's Rebel Princess (UKC pt'd)
"LUKE"Canami Sorella's A New Hope RN
User avatar
StalkerBlueDog
My dog can kick your sheep's ass
 
Posts: 292
Location: Canandaigua NY


Return to All the news that's fit to print

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users