If you are terrified of creepy crawlies, this is not for you. But the number of views this video has got after it was posted just two days ago on Facebook (7 million views and still counting) shows that it this icky stuff is viral.
Here comes Hermie the hunstman, a spider so unusually large and strong that it had no problem carrying a sizeable mouse up the outside of a fridge.
Hermie’s feat was captured on film by Jason Wormal, a tradesman from Coppabella in Queensland. Along with the video, he wrote on Facebook: “So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says ‘You want to see something cool’ and I say ‘Hell yeah’. So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.”
On the video shot by Jason, a voice can be heard off screen wondering in amazement: “What’s he gonna do with him? Man that is so cool”.
Apart from the 20-second video, Jason also posted some photographs of the spider, in which the arachnid is seen clutching the mouse by its head with its mandibles while it scurries up the fridge.
The video has been shared 123,099 times so far.
So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says “You want to see something cool” and I say “Hell yeah”. So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.
Posted by Jason Womal on Saturday, October 22, 2016
Among over 44,300 comments below the original post were many expressing deep horror at finding such a huge spider in a house. Yvette Rose wrote: I can’t even watch it. I won’t be able to go to sleep…
The video also made many rethink about whether to visit Australia or not.
In a post dated October 24, Jason wrote on Facebook that the spider was fine and “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”.