A man was left terrified after spotting a big spider grabbing his pet goldfish and pulling it out of the pond at his home.
The incident occurred in Barberton, South Africa, just when Jérémy Schalkwijk tried to impress his date by showing her Cleo, his 18-month-old goldfish.
While the young man sure tried his best to keep the flame of romance going, he was in for a surprise after seeing a giant spider dragging Cleo out of the fish pond it was staying in.
“It was a crazy, crazy sight. You don’t see that every day. I couldn’t believe that a spider would be able to carry something twice its weight like that,” the 33-year-old tour guide explained.
“I’ve never seen something like that before. I knew [the spiders] could fish, but never such a large size. You see it sometimes with small fish like fingerlings, but never with a goldfish. This was twice the weight of the spider.”
After taking a photo and showing it to his date, Athina, the couple returned to the pond together only for the spider and the fish to be long gone who knows where.
“She couldn’t believe it. She is not a real bush woman so she doesn’t have much experience with animals, but she was so impressed,” Jérémy added.
“When we came back [outside] both animals were nowhere to be found. We have a pond with goldfish and I just wanted to show her the fish, then I saw this.
“I could see the spider catching the fish and it had taken it out of the water. The spider can fish if there’s grass or a branch above the water, but this was a vertical concrete pond.
“I tried to take the picture of the spider above the water so you can see it’s vertical. It would be difficult.”
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