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#1
Brutal.
There is pics in the link.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=651337

Photos of a mammoth spider devouring a bird in a Queensland backyard are sweeping email inboxes — and according to experts, it's all real.

The photos — which are reported to have been taken this week in Atherton, west of Cairns — show the spider clenching its legs around a lifeless bird trapped in a web.

Head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park at Gosford on NSW central coast, Joel Shakespeare, said the spider was a Golden Orb Weaver.

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

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.

Queensland Museum identified the bird as a native finch called the Chestnut–breasted Mannikin.

The bird, which appears frozen in an angel-like pose, most likely flew into the web and got caught, according to Mr Shakepeare.

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

But the spider would probably prepare a liquid soup with the finch — as it does with insects — and discard of what it doesn't need.

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

Greg Czechura from Queensland Museum said cases of the Golden Orb Weaver eating small birds were "well known but rare".

"It builds a very strong web," he said.

But he said the spider would not have attacked until the bird weakened.

"They blunder into [the webs] and their feathers get entangled," he said.

"The more they struggle, the more tangled up and exhausted they get and they go into stress."

The Golden Orb Weaver spins a strong web high in protein because it depends on it to capture large insects for food, unlike funnel web and wolf spiders that actively hunt their prey.

Another species of spider called the bird-eating spider does not actually eat birds.

"If a spider gets a bird, it's a very lucky spider," Mr Czechura said.
#3
How sensationalist. Golden Orb Weavers are harmless, and there are far larger spiders out there.
Must be a slow news day.
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#4
OMG..... usually I dont mind spiders but that one really gives me the shakes! I had little muscle spasms just looking at it!
#6
"If a spider gets a bird, it's a very lucky spider."
That's a lucky spider.
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How sensationalist. Golden Orb Weavers are harmless, and there are far larger spiders out there.
Must be a slow news day.

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#9
Holy crap that's a scary spider...!
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How sensationalist. Golden Orb Weavers are harmless, and there are far larger spiders out there.
Must be a slow news day.


Yeah pretty much.
I was hoping it would be a really big spider though. That spider is big but I was hoping for something really impressive.
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As cool as spiders are, that thing is simply terrifying.
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#15
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Yeah pretty much.
I was hoping it would be a really big spider though. That spider is big but I was hoping for something really impressive.


That's actually quite a bit bigger than I thought Golden Orb Weavers could get. I hate spiders, but I find them interesting, and I'd really like to encounter one of those in the wild.
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#16
fuck i would cry if i saw one of those in my dorm
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That's actually quite a bit bigger than I thought Golden Orb Weavers could get. I hate spiders, but I find them interesting, and I'd really like to encounter one of those in the wild.


Yeah the Golden orbs (or something very similar) we get around where I am are only about 50mm long usually. The biggest ones we get regularly are huntsmans, usually about the size of the palm of your hand.
#19
That's no spider. That's a headcrab. Courtesy of me. You're welcome.

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#23
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#24
Wait, aren't birds supposed to eat spiders and other bugs? not the other way around?

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wild pidgeotto appeared!
spinarak used poison needle!
it's super effective!
wild pidgeotto faints



#26
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I believe those are not actually spiders, iirc.


They're also quite small and non aggressive towards humans. They got a completely undeserved reputation after the infamous picture with the American soldiers.
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#27
I want to see, but I'm too scared to click on the link due to my severe arachnophobia.



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#31
TS, i wana see pics of the spider you were talking about

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TS, i wana see pics of the spider you were talking about

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Go on. It's not like it's gonna jump out of the monitor, or is it...


NO!! I'm already flipping a shit because they're saying its big.

I hate my curiousity, but I'm still not clicking. I will take your guys' word for it.
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Jesus bejesus. Massive spider is massive.


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NO!! I'm already flipping a shit because they're saying its big.

I hate my curiousity, but I'm still not clicking. I will take your guys' word for it.


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TS, i wana see pics of the spider you were talking about

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...do you read things before you post? click the link dude. the pics are there.
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#39
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TS, i wana see pics of the spider you were talking about

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Pics of the Huntsman spider?
I dont have any that I took but I'll have a quick look.


Here you go. Sorry for the size, I just pulled it off google.

#40
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pleaze explain for i am "08 nub"

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There is a link to it...that, and Spamwise just utterly pissed me teh fuckz off!
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