A pet owner was left stunned as he watched a giant spider carefully fishing out his pet goldfish from a pond in South Africa. Jeremy Schalkwijk, 33, was on a date with his girlfriend in Barberton when he saw a nursery web spider hauling his pet fish away which was twice the size of the spider.
Schalkwijk, a tour guide, told Daily Mail that he watched as the spider lowered itself into the pond while clinging on to the sides and hauled its prey out of the water using its front legs and fangs.
Schalkwijk captured the bizarre moment on camera and said that though he knew spiders were capable of fishing, he was amazed to see how the predator dragged its prey up the vertical wall of the pond. “I couldn’t believe that a spider would be able to carry something twice its weight like that,” he said.
Take a look at some of the reaction to the story here:
When I was a kid I bought some Catfish and put them in my tank with my bubble eyed shubunkins Goldfish next time I looked at the tank I was horrified to find the eyes hanging off the poor goldfish. Large Spiders in SA must be par for the course though.
— Jim Clark (@greatpoets) January 3, 2020
Blowtorch that spider
— Anne Pyke (@anne_pyke) January 3, 2020
I have had it with giant spiders. Yuck!
— Jack Locke (@LockeCommon) January 3, 2020
Truly horrified. pic.twitter.com/UHs6LPUvXT
— Felix Ungar (@Husker_Ju) January 3, 2020
@dwnews Yup, just had to take a pic of it. We all take pics of things we are horrified by.
— W. Clayton (@weciv01) January 3, 2020
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