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UM researchers capture spine-tingling video of spider dragging opossum in Amazon rainforest

Ann Arbor-based team speaks about unthinkable discovery

Photo: Pixabay
Photo: Pixabay

ANN ARBOR – Just when you think you've seen it all, a team led by University of Michigan biologists captured shocking video of a massive tarantula dragging a small opossum around the forest floor in Peru.

Captured in the Amazon rainforest lowlands at night, researcher and Ph.D. candidate Mike Grundler recounts in the video, "We walk(ed) along slowly and we heard a scrabbling in the leaf litter. And we looked over and we saw the tarantula on top of the opossum and we just sort of sat and watched that observation until that tarantula got tired of us and walked away."

Members of the team said they had observed spiders preying on large insects and small frogs but never a mammal.

The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.