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Viral video of spider carrying a mouse is pure nightmare fuel (w/video)

This still from a video of a spider dragging a mouse was captured by a man in Australia.


This still from a video of a spider dragging a mouse was captured by a man in Australia.



They're calling it Australia's version of Pizza Rat. 

A way, way worse Pizza Rat. 

A video showing a spider carrying a mouse over a refrigerator is the latest animal-carrying-a-thing video to go viral, with more than 10 million views since the original video was posted to Facebook by a man named Jason Womal from Queensland, Australia.

Mouse Spider, identified as a huntsman spider, is strong enough to drag the mouse up the side of a refrigerator, a feat that is impressive, but also the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Huntsman is the common name given to spiders in the Sparassidae family, a class of large, fast spiders that live in warm climates around the world. The huntsman is commonly found in Australia, but according to the University of Florida, was introduced to and lives in subtropical areas of the U.S., including Florida, where it is sometimes called a "banana spider."

The university says it's not a dangerous spider to humans, although that's apparently not true for rodents.

After all the unexpected attention, Womal followed up with another facebook post reading, "Ok guys so just letting you all know that the spider is fine. We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent. Lol."

[Last modified: Monday, October 24, 2016 1:57pm]


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