Animal rescuers have taken part in all kinds of crazy rescues, but one Australian woman's recent rescue has got to be the craziest one I've ever seen when she was called to rescue a giant spider named Charlotte last year.
The woman, who runs Betty's Barnyard Rescue, received a call from someone that they had a spider they were trying to kill - but this wasn't just any spider.
The spider, which was later nicknamed Charlotte, is the biggest huntsman spider ever photographed. The woman rescued Charlotte from certain death and then released her on the rescue organization's farm.
Huntsman spiders are usually about five inches across, and aren't really dangerous, despite their intimidating looks. "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," said the rescue site on their Facebook page. "She didn't or doesn't need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!"
Naturally, a lot of people (myself included) were terrified when they saw Charlotte's picture, but the rescuers at Barnyard Betty's know that all animals deserve a shot at life, even if they aren't cute and cuddly.
"All creatures great and small are welcome here at Barnyard Betty's Rescue, a safe haven no matter how you look," says the organization. If you'd like to support their good work, please consider making a donation here.
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