Man holds up cat to scare massive Australian spider

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   July 27, 2017 at 3:21 PM
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July 27 (UPI) -- An Australian couple found themselves trapped on opposite sides of a glass door when a massive spider the size of a human head blocked their paths.

Lauren Ansell of Mount Coolum, Queensland, said her boyfriend was barbecuing Sunday night and she was inside when they discovered the gigantic huntsman spider on their sliding glass door.

A video captured by Ansell shows her boyfriend holding up a cat in an apparent attempt to scare the spider -- or possibly feed the feline to it as tribute.

"My boyfriend tried to squish it in the door but the spider was smart," Ansell told the Sunshine Coast Daily. "The door only claimed two of its legs and it dropped and ran into the garden."

She said she gave the arachnid a literary nickname.

"We nicknamed the spider 'Aragog' from Harry Potter, and feel the spider has run into the forbidden forest," she said.

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