Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology, was deep in the Guyana jungle on a night-time walk. He heard something, switched his torch on, and spotted a giant spider the size of a small dog. Surprisingly, he didn't run away screaming instead, he investigated. Because hes a perfectly sane, rational person.
Naskrecki said on his blog
about the encounter: "I could clearly hear its hard feet hitting the ground and dry leaves crumbling under its weight."
I pressed the switch and pointed the light at the source of the sound, expecting to see a small mammal, a possum, a rat maybe. And at first this is what I thought I saw a big, hairy animal, the size of a rodent.
"But something wasn't right, and for a split second the atavistic part of my brain sent a ping of regret that I didn't bring any companion with me on this particular night walk."
Naskrecki had stumbled on a rare, almost mythical creature the enormous South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the largest spider in the world, and probably the most terrifying. It has a leg span of more than 30 centimetres (around 12 frightening inches).
The spider is likely to send most people into a terror, but fortunately, its virtually harmless to humans Naskrecki saying a chicken would do more harm in comparison. Except chickens are fluffy birds and this is a gigantic spider that rubs its legs together to send its hairs into your eyes. Seriously
. (Naskrecki thought it was cute! Again, we question his sanity.)
Look, despite the 'birdeater' name and our jokes, apparently it mainly eats jungle earthworms. Which are nutritious, a fact which small children have known since forever.
Perhaps Hagrids 'friend' Aragog
from Hogwart's forest was based on real-life. Terrifying real life. Were off to leave the light on at all times and good luck enjoying the photos below!