Australiaâ€™s litany of fearsome fauna seems to have a new entry. Added to deadly snakes, man-eating crocodiles and poisonous jellyfish comes Hermie the huntsman, a spider so unusually large and strong that it had no problem carrying a sizeable mouse up the outside of a fridge.
Hermieâ€™s feat was captured on film by Jason Wormal, a tradesman from Coppabella in Queensland, who was heading out to work in the early hours of Monday morning when he says he received an offer from a neighbour that he couldnâ€™t refuse.
â€œSo I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says â€˜You want to see something coolâ€™ and I say â€˜Hell yeahâ€™, he wrote on Facebook.
â€œSo we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.â€
On the video shot by Wormal a voice can be heard off screen wondering in amazement: â€œWhatâ€™s he gonna do with him? Man that is so coolâ€.
Stills taken of the spider seem to show the arachnid clutching the mouse by its head with its chelicerae while it scurries up the fridge.
Huntsman spider in Wikipedia.