Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bird eating spider - QLD

Cairns , Australia.
Giant spider eating a bird caught on camera
By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
Photographs of a giant spider eating a bird in an Australian garden have stunned wildlife experts.
The startling images were reportedly taken in Atheron, close to Queensland's tropical north.
Despite their unlikely subject matter, the pictures appear to be real.
Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said the spider was a Golden Orb Weaver.
"Normally they prey on large insects… it's unusual to see one eating a bird," he told ninemsn.
Mr Shakepeare said 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.


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