Charlotte the Giant Huntsman spider is getting her fifteen minutes of fame after pictures of her were posted on Facebook. The unusually large rescue spider (pictured below perched on a broom) was rescued by workers at Barnyard Betty's Rescue in Queensland, Australia.
Despite the fact that the snapshots were taken last year, the photos have resurfaced and are taking social media and news outlets by storm.
Charlotte has also divided viewers into two camps: those who see her as an awe-inspiring marvel of nature and those who want her dead. Either way, her appearance is opening a dialog about arachnophobia and the value of animal life.
Barnyard Betty’s Rescue posted numerous comments about Charlotte on their page:
“Beautiful Charlotte the spider, one of my best rescues yet."
"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!!"
"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!!"
"Charlotte would like you to look past your phobia and see her for the amazing creature she is!!”
And the internet answered back.
Comments ranged from: "Kill it with fire."
To: "This is actually what my nightmares are made of."
Another said: “Burn it. Burn it down. Burn down everything. Leave earth.”
One went so far as to ask: “Why In HOLY HELL would you touch this horrible f*****g demon spawn!?!”
But Barnyard Betty's comments about Charlotte also acknowledge the wide-spread fear of such a large and intimidating spider.
And they added: “And my apologies to all the traumatized!”
It's important to note that Huntsman spiders are not deadly to humans and are rarely aggressive, though their bite can immobilize small prey. They don't build webs, either, but instead use their speed and cunning skills to hunt for their meals, like the spider below making off with his mousy catch.
Charlotte found her forever home at Barnyard Betty's:
"I released her here on the farm after rescuing her so I can't get anymore photos or video her I'm sorry."
Barnyard Betty's Rescue hopes that the viral snapshots will raise awareness of their rescue efforts and they've launched a GoFundMe to help the struggling organization through a crippling drought, which has singed the grass usually eaten by the rescue animals and forced the farm to purchase hay, grain and water.