Creepy or cute? Huge mother spider carries hundreds of her babies on her back

Mail Online | 5/16/2018 | Tariq Tahir For Mailonline
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For anyone with a fear of spiders this could be the creepiest crawly out there - as a mum carries hundreds of baby bugs showcasing over a thousand of their little legs.

David Higgins, 48, adored the maternal moment but believes most will struggle to see past the swarms of limbs that make it more akin to a 'horror film'.

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He shot the photographs in the Western Ghats mountain range of India after noticing an unusual 'bump' on the burrowing wolf spider's back.

After closer inspection he realised the majestic movement was in fact her children, baring well over a thousand legs and estimates between 100 and 1,000 of the baby bugs.

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The photographer from Hull, Yorkshire, spent ten hours over four days to photograph the arachnid, learning to pre-empt her movements and avoid scaring her away.

While he believes the spider could have pierced his skin with her strong jaws, she was more likely to flee from any vibrations and continue to nurture her young.

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David said: 'I think between 100 and 200, my colleague thinks over a 1000, but there's definitely well over a thousand legs involved.

'It should look maternal, and it is really, however it looks a little bit like a horror film from a human perspective.

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'But in its own way it's quite heart-warming - if you can get over the creepiness - to see that animals we imagine to be cold and heartless also show the instinct, or perhaps genuine love, to care for their offspring like this.

'I doubt I'll win many people over with this kind of talk though.

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'I'd really like to think these photos would make people view spiders in a more sensitive light but suspect it will only add to their poor reputation.

'But if you look passed the legs and try to see them as sentient creatures...
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