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'Furry animal' turns out to be clump of spiders

By T.K. Randall
January 5, 2019 · Comment icon 23 comments



Don't poke something with a stick if you don't know what it is... Image Credit: Twitter / Rada SC
Footage from north-western Mexico shows why it's best not to poke at anything that's hiding inside a hole.
The unnerving video, which was filmed by hikers in the town of Alamos, shows what appears to be some kind of furry creature hiding inside a small hole in a wall.

When one of the hikers starts to poke at the animal however it quickly becomes clear that it's not a single creature at all but a whole pile of long-legged spiders that had all been bunched up together.

After being disturbed, the tiny arachnids can be seen skittering away in all directions.
"Yesterday exploring Alamos, Sonora... what appeared to be an animal sleeping in a cave turned out to be something more amazing !" the man wrote on Twitter.

The video, which was uploaded on December 29th, has already racked up over 1.6 million views.

The spiders are believed to be of the family pholcidae and can be found pretty much worldwide.



Source: Sputnik International | Comments (23)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Trenix 4 years ago
Biting. They don't have fangs, venom glands, or even produce a web.
Comment icon #15 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
The things we call daddy long legs in oz do have webs.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jodie.Lynne 4 years ago
Note to self: NEVER go to Australia! I swear to Athena, Oz is the gods' bio-weapons lab! Just how many deadly critters do you folk have???
Comment icon #17 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
How long's a piece of string?This summer here now I've lost my best jack Russell to an Eastern brown snake,Was cornered by one and only saved by my old Whippet.Now have an infestation of Redback spiders all over the outside of my house,not long ago ended up in hospital after being stung by a paper wasp.Its hot, lets go for a swim,if you don't get taken by a shark or croc the irakanji jelly fish will sort you out.No wonder the pommies sent convicts to this lovely Island.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Correct. The Harvestman are arachnids, but only distantly related to spiders and harmless to humans.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
I was already corrected on the matter.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Oops. Despite having eight legs, they don't give many people the heebie-jeebies like true spiders do.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
They were allover the mill and I left them alone in my camper. They are one of the many critters I actually miss....
Comment icon #22 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
We got'em all over down here, the ones with really long legs and pill-shaped bodies.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
That's the ones. I also liked watching jumping spiders hunt. Cool sight.


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