Oct 23, 2008

Worst Thing Ever

Oh, God. Please no. Stop. Don't.

A fucking spider eating a bird. We are doomed.

The startling images were reportedly taken in Atheron, close to Queensland's tropical north.

Despite their unlikely subject matter, the pictures appear to be real.

Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said the spider was a Golden Orb Weaver.

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

Oh, good. So the spider is evolving.

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.


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

"It uses its venom to break down the bird for eating and what it leaves is a food parcel," he said.

Great. I feel better now.

1 comment:

Denis Faye said...

I don't think that's a spider. The bird is clearly wearing an elaborate head dress.