Friday Spider

Behold, the brave little redback!

It has taken down a massive foe, a mouse many times its size, requiring multiple bites and a vast quantity of silk to properly wrap it. The redback’s reward is a filling meal of liquified mouse and the appreciation of thousands of impressed viewers around the world.


  1. John Morales says

    nomdeplume, right. So, being envenomed and trussed is horrible; but so is being toyed with until catatonia ensues (rescues aside). Or being poisoned with rodenticides, for that matter.

    (or: Pointless sympathy is pointless; but sure: thoughts and prayers are a nice sentiment)

  2. nomdeplume says

    @8 John, I don’t do prayers, but surely a sympathetic thought for a fellow creature is not “pointless”.

  3. John Morales says

    nomdeplume, posthumous sympathy doesn’t do much for the victim, and it’s not like the mouse’s family will either see or appreciate the sentiment, either. So, what exactly is this supposed pointedness to which you refer?

    (I know the answer, actually. It would make you feel better)

  4. PaulBC says

    I don’t see anything wrong with feeling empathy even if there’s no help for that poor mouse now.

  5. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin points out the mouse is now nice and safe in a warm silk sleeping bag, furiously hibernating away the coming winter. I point out mice do not hibernate, and the squeaky one is, as another commentator once put it on this blog, “nature’s crunchy snack”. Ah, she observes, like Crunchy Frog…