Australian man tries to kill spider, prompting full police response

Police were called to a home in Perth where a man was trying to kill a spider

Wanneroo Police this morning tweeted that a walker had heard a male shouting "Why don't you die" repeatedly.

A spokesperson for WA Police confirmed to The Guardian that the incident occurred, despite deleting the tweet. "The toddler inside was screaming ... caller doesn't know them, but has seen them a few times when walking".

He sheepishly apologised for the inconvenience.

Wanneroo Police did not immediately respond for comment as to why the tweet was taken down.

The arachnophobia-nightmare has fired up social media, with the passerby who made the call being praised online for their quick thinking and taking action when they they heard something concerning.

Police sent to investigate the Perth suburb were faced not with a gruesome murder scene, but a sheepish arachnophobe desperately trying to dispatch a spider.

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Police said they found no injuries at the scene - except to the unfortunate arachnid, who could not be saved.

"It's great that it's only an incident involving a spider".

The species of spider involved was not revealed.

In 2016, YOU reported that an Eastern brown snake - one of the most venomous snakes in the world - was bested by a fearsome Australian redback spider, also highly venomous, and rated among the 10 deadliest creatures Down Under.

In April 2016, a 22-year-old man died after being bitten by a poisonous Redback spider while walking on the north coast of New South Wales, The Telegraph reported.

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