Australian Man's Fight With a Spider Ends With Police at His Door

PHOTO: A Funnel Web spider is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park Jan. 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia.Ian Waldie/Getty Images
A Funnel Web spider is pictured at the Australian Reptile Park Jan. 23, 2006 in Sydney, Australia.

Police in Australia were called to a home to investigate domestic violence, but when they arrived all they found was a man and a spider.

The Harbourside Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force received numerous calls early Saturday morning from neighbors concerned about domestic violence at a residence in Wollstonecraft, Australia, police spokesman Dean Lindley told ABC News today.

"We had numerous calls to our emergency number stating that a woman could be heard screaming with a man yelling, 'I'm going to kill you, die, die,' with what sounded like furniture being overturned and or a hitting sound," Lindley said.

Police showed up at the 32-year-old man’s house within three minutes, Lindley said, and asked him where his wife or partner was. After some questioning, the man became "sheepish" and admitted he was just trying to kill a spider, Lindley wrote in a post on the police force's Facebook page, where he also shared the transcript of the conversation.

"It quickly turned to embarrassment when he realized he would have to admit to the screaming like a girl thing," Lindley said.

After checking out the home to make sure there was no one else there, Lindley said police left.

"After a can of Mortein, I'm not so sad to report the spider did not make it," Lindley said. "I asked one of the probationary constables fresh from the academy to perform CPR and heart compressions, but of course he carried on like a big girl and refused. It's hard to get good help these days."

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