Saturday, October 25, 2008

Giant spider eats bird


Giant spider eats bird: "A giant Golden Orb Weaver spider caught a chestnut-breasted mannikin bird in its web and made a leisurely lunch on the bird. The photo was snapped in a backyard in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. From the Cairns Post:

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'Normally they prey on large insects, it's unusual to see one eating a bird,' (said head spider keeper Joel Shakespeare at the Australian Reptile Park.)

Mr Shakepeare told ninemsn 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...

'(The spider) wouldn`t eat the whole bird,' he told ninemsn.

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

Spider eats bird (Thanks, Jennifer Lum!)


(Via Boing Boing.)

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