Meet Hermie — the solution to your mouse problem.
This abnormally large Huntsman spider was filmed snacking on a (not inconsiderable) rodent in Australia, the undisputed champion of nightmarish creatures.
The terrifying footage shows the arachnid carrying a mouse up the side of a fridge, with very little effort at all.
Jason Wormal, a tradesman from Coppabella in Queensland, captured the images after his neighbour invited him in to show him something “cool” (read: terrifying).
He posted the video and several images of the beastly creature on Facebook.
He wrote: “So I am just about to leave for work about [12.30am] and me neighbour says, ‘You want to see something cool?’”
“I say ‘hell yeah!’. So we proceed to his place and he shows me [a] huntsman trying to eat a mouse.”’
In the video, he can be heard saying: “What’s he gonna do with him? Man that is so cool”.
The spider with its catch (Jason Wormal/Faebook)
Later, he added: “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.”
The footage quickly went viral and, by the time of writing, has now been viewed more than 6.5m times.
Graham Millage, the manager of the Australian Museum’s arachnology collection, told the Guardian, that the spiders do grow large.
“This is the first time I’ve seen one catch a mouse, but I have seen huntsmen catch geckos. I’ve seen a redback spider catch a snake in its web, I’ve seen a golden orb spiders catch birds.”