The internet is freaking out on the gargantuan huntsman spider after being pictured crawling over a broom at an animal rescue farm. Though many people get a bit nervous on spiders as it looks like it was crawling straight to your nightmares, experts say spiders are just misunderstood.
“All they want is to eat insects and live in peace. This is true for most spiders, even the biggest ones.”
A huntsman, named Charlotte, was rescued last year by an Australian animal shelter. It’s not been officially verified what species Charlotte is, or exactly how large she is – it’s likely the perspective of the images made her appear bigger than she really is – but she easily covers half a broom head.
After it was rescued by Barnyard Betty’s Rescue, they proved that even the most fearsome-looking spiders could be harmless when they took in a giant Huntsman Spider.
This particular spider is bigger than most—typically; Huntsman Spiders are normally about five inches across. This spider, named Charlotte, is definitely a little bigger than five inches!
Charlotte’s images were uploaded to the Facebook page of Queensland animal rescue center back in October 2015. However, they were picked up again this week, and have since been shared thousands of times, with people freaking out over how large the spider looks.
On their page, they shared the story of how they rescued Charlotte:
She is a Huntsman Spider and we are located in Queensland Australia and yes she is very real and very large and not photoshopped!! Barnyard Betty’s Rescue wrote on their page.
Charlotte is currently living a great life at the animal rescue center, weaving webs and catching all the insects she wants. She’s one of the many happy animals who live at Barnyard Betty’s Rescue. This rescue group takes in mistreated or unwanted farm animals and gives them a second chance at life. This includes many sheep, cows, chickens, and goat. At this sanctuary, all of these animals are able to live carefree, happy lives.
If you’d like to help Barnyard Betty’s Rescue save more four-legged and eight-legged animals, consider donating to their organization.