While driving at 60 mph, a woman notices a large spider in her car and says it “almost killed me.”
When a giant spider emerged from behind the rear view mirror of an Australian woman’s car while she was driving, she was startled.
Monique Fogarty was driving at about 60 mph down a highway in Canberra, Australia’s capital, on Friday when the giant spider crawled out from its hiding spot.
Fogarty posted a photo of the spider to the Facebook group “Australian spider identification page,” asking if it was a huntsman spider and noting that the animal had “almost killed” her.
The animal was eventually described as a huntsman spider belonging to the Isopedella genus (species group).
According to the Australian Museum, these huge, long-legged spiders are infamous for getting into cars and being found behind sun visors or running across the dashboard.
According to Washington Newsday, Fogarty was taken aback when she saw the spider, but she was able to keep her cool and prevent an accident on the highway.
“I squealed because it startled me when it appeared out of nowhere, but after that, I was cool and unconcerned,” she said.
“I know huntsman spiders aren’t dangerous, and I’m certain it wouldn’t do anything before I could safely pull over.”
Fogarty picked up the spider with her hands and put it outside the car after pulling over.
She told the Daily Mail Australia, “I got off the parkway and pulled over safely, then opened my trunk, cupped it in my hands, and popped it on the ground to head into the surrounding bushland.” “I’m sure it was just the adrenaline rush. I will never pick them up in a million years.”
The woman said she had seen the spider on her car a few times in recent months but had never been able to capture it.
“I had seen the huntsman on my car a few times over the last few months, but it always managed to flee before I could chase it away,” she said.
Fogarty had seen a spider in her car before, but this was the first time she had seen one while driving. In reality, she believes the same spider might have previously penetrated the car.
“It was most definitely the same spider before, and my daughter had seen it lying next to the front passenger window. This is a condensed version of the information.