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A woman saves a giant huntsman spider and sets it free

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It made the news for some reason: a woman recently rescued and released a massive huntsman spider. It’s unclear what makes it so remarkable, but the woman appeared to have some empathy.

It’s a good thing this is newsworthy; there are far too many negative stories that make the front pages.

Did you know that there are around 40,000 different species of spiders, but only a few are considered dangerous?

In the United States, there are thousands of different spider species, but only black widows and brown recluse spiders may threaten humans.

That obviously isn’t the situation in some areas, but I suppose America is fortunate.

The spider lovingly known as “Charlotte” in the Barnyard Betty’s Rescue video looks like the type of creature that can literally flex its muscles while slamming energy drinks.

Betty wrote on her social media post: “Beautiful Charlotte the spider, one of my best rescues yet

To respond to some of your inquiries: She is a Huntsman Spider and we are located in Queensland Australia and yes she is very real and very large and not photo shopped!!

I released her here on the farm after rescuing her so I can’t get anymore photos or video her I’m sorry.

She was going to be killed by humans. She was a beautiful, calm spider, not aggressive in any way and like most spiders she just wanted to go about her business eating bugs and living in peace. She didn’t or doesn’t need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!

All creatures great and small are welcome here at Barnyard Betty’s Rescue a safe haven no matter how you look!! [sic].”

So, why is the Huntsman spider called that? Obviously, they are quick and hunt in a specific manner. They’ve also been dubbed “giant crab spiders,” which is self-explanatory.

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Because they prefer to live in mine shafts, woodlands, and heaps of wood, the giant 8-legged critters are sometimes referred to as wood spiders.

They are known as rain spiders or even lizard-eating spiders in southern Africa, which conjures up a frightening image.

Huntsman spiders can be found in tropical and warm temperate climates all over the world, including Australasia, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Mediterranean Basin, with over a thousand species.

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Humans appear to be intrinsically afraid of spiders, to the degree where visualizing spiders upon waking up is a regular occurrence.

Look it up: people reporting seeing spiders that progressively fade out of their eyesight after waking up from a deep night’s sleep is a common occurrence.

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