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Qld huntsman picture goes viral online

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 David Sigston

Photos of a huge huntsman frolicking on a broom at a Queensland animal shelter has set social media abuzz.

Charlotte, a "beautiful, calm spider", was originally taken in by Barnyard Betty's Rescue in October 2015.

But, in recent days Charlotte has become famous, with hundreds of comments from all around the world marvelling at her size.

She has since been released, to the horror of arachnophobes.

But the animal shelter insists Charlotte, like most spiders, just wants to go about her business of eating bugs and living in peace.

"All creatures great and small are welcome here at Barnyard Betty's Rescue - a safe haven no matter how you look!!," Barnyard Betty's Rescue wrote on Facebook.

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