The fear of spiders is called arachnophobia, and it’s all too common. The idea of a fast-moving creature with eight legs and a penchant for hiding in dark shadowy corners is enough to make most people shudder.
Huntsman spiders, which live in Australia, are in a league of their own. They are HUGE. If I saw one in the flesh, I would flee immediately, no question.
However, some people see arachnids as beautiful creatures who are worthy of our admiration.
One of those people is Betty, who runs Barnyard Betty’s Rescue. The rescue takes in all different types of creatures. In 2015, she rescued a Huntsman spider as big as a dinner plate who likely would have been killed by the people who found her. Naturally, they were freaked out by the creature’s size.
Betty snapped a couple pictures of her unusual rescue, and she immediately achieved internet fame.
Though Huntsman spiders can get terrifyingly big — as long as 12 inches from one leg tip to the other — they aren’t dangerous to humans.
Betty sees Charlotte as a “beautiful” creature. While I can certainly recognize how incredible and majestic Charlotte is, I still will probably run the other direction as fast as I can if I see one in the wild.
Hopefully other people are able to see them more like Betty does!