Australia is the well-known home to some insane looking members of the animal kingdom. From the platypus to venomous centipedes, great white sharks, impossibly enormous snakes, and paralysis ticks, there's something out there for every phobia. That's why it's not surprising this surprisingly large spider was found in Australia.
A photo of charlotte the huntsman spider on a broom was posted to the Facebook page of Betty's Barnyard Rescue about a year ago and because the internet is weird, it's suddenly become an online sensation. Charlotte was rescued and released at Betty's last October and they have assured awestruck gawkers the photos are not photoshopped. Charlotte is genuinely huge.
In a post this week, the team at the rescue said they don't just rescue farm animals. "[Charlotte] 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," they wrote. "She didn't or doesn't need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!"