Hairy 'nightmare' spider feasts on entire bird while dangling upside-down

A gigantic and hairy spider chomps down on a bird while dangling upside-down in footage that has gone viral for how horrifying it is.

In the clip, uploaded on Reddit four days ago, a black spider with pinkish-coloured hairs grips a dead bird by the head using its front four legs.

The spider’s mandibles appear to be busily working away at the bird and it’s possible the arachnid has squirted digestive juices onto the unlucky animal and is sucking up the remains.

Predictably, many viewers were repulsed by the footage and commented that the tarantula was the stuff of nightmares.



Since it was shared, the video has been up-voted more than 400 times and sparked a lively discussion – mostly from arachnophobes imagining how to kill it.

“If he grows wings after he’s done eating that thing I’m never leaving my house again,” commented one.

A second viewer wrote: “My f***ing god… just burn the whole f***ing house and area down already!”

Someone else said: “Yup. About as horrible as my nightmares. Thanks for that. I’ll be cursing you when I wake up in a cold sweat.”

“Yeah, you can enjoy your meal buddy, I wouldn’t get in your way,” quipped a fourth person.

The spider has been identified by experts as a pink toe tarantula and is native to South America, although it is not clear in which country the footage was taken.

Tarantulas rarely eat birds, according to experts, but, on the few occasions it has been witnessed, the spiders allegedly bite the feathered animals straight in the eyeball.

This sends venom straight to the brain, resulting in a quick death.

Although tarantulas have fangs, or mandibles, they cannot chew and have to squirt digestive substances into their prey to make the corpse mushy enough to eat.

Pink toe tarantulas can reach maximum a leg length of 4.8 inches, making them a formidable predator.

Meanwhile, as spider mating season begins in the UK here are six tips for keeping the sex-mad beasts out of your home.

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