False widow spider hunts baby bat in never-before-seen encounter

An invasive spider in the UK caught two bats in its web, and only one bat survived the horrific encounter, thanks to the help of a local who freed the entangled creature before it met its demise.

The Noble False Widow spider (Steatoda nobilis) is native to the Madeira Archipelago and the Canary Islands in the North Atlantic, but the species is now found in other parts of Europe, as well as Asia and the Americas. The black widow look-alike reached southern England in 1879 and has since spread to Scotland and to Wales and Ireland, according to a statement (opens in new tab).

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