Terrifying giant huntsman spider 'misunderstood'

The giant huntsman spider (Barnyard Betty's Rescue/Facebook)
The giant huntsman spider (Barnyard Betty's Rescue/Facebook)

Scared of spiders? Look away now. The image of a giant huntsman spider being rescued has gone viral - and its horrifying social media users.

The spider, named Charlotte, was spotted lurking on a broom by Barnyard Betty's Rescue - an animal rescue shelter.

"She is a Huntsman Spider and we are located in Queensland Australia and yes she is very real and very large and not photo shopped!!" they say on Facebook.

"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. She didn't or doesn't need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!"

Misunderstood indeed. The giant arachnid has been terrifying people with her huge mandibles.

"I wouldn't just kill that son of a b**** I'd banish that s*** to the damn shadow realm. F*** outta here. I'd stomp that MF to the earth's core. He's gonna be sittin on his throne next to Satan when I'm done.... Rescue a damn spider. Never in my life," said one freaked out commenter.

However, others were more accepting of the spider.

"I don't have the money yet, but between the spider rescue itself and your whole mission you are totally my hero on this! One of my big dreams is to start a rescue that accepts all, and goes out of their way to rescue near-end and rejected animals from kill shelters and the like. Keep up the amazing work!!!!!"