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Giant spider terrorises servo, but Shane's not fazed

IN A similar vein to that of shark-attack survivor Mick Fanning, a Gympie business owner took on a gigantic spider with his bare hands at his store this week.

When a customer stopped for petrol at the Gympie West Service Station, an eight-legged passenger with a "body the size of a mouse" was spotted crawling on the side of a woman's car.

Store owner Shane Waldock (pictured) didn't think twice before putting his arm out and guiding the large arachnid on to it. He then let the oversized creepy-crawly acquaint himself with his arm for five minutes while he showed staff members the size of the spider.

Shane's wife, Joanne Waldock, said never in her life had she seen so large a spider, although it was most likely just a huntsman.

"They don't bite generally - although I wouldn't want it to. The fangs were massive on it," said Mr Waldock, who has removed spiders before, but never one of this size.

The customer, who was very grateful for the assistance, was happy to see the spider released safely into scrub behind the store.

She said it would explain why magpies had been attacking the side of her car on the way to the store.

Gympie Times


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