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13 Responses to “Sand spider builds a burrow”

  1. Cowicide says:

    I think a dachshund hiding in the sand awaiting a stray cheeseburger is cuter.

  2. DocPop says:

    This is how I feel at the beginning of any new game of Minecraft.

  3. Jesse Chapman says:

    This is terrifying.

  4. mhsenkow says:

    Jesse: You should see the three foot wide ones that pray on children. 

  5. Jan Henning Berg says:

    It is sometimes hilarious to see to what other videos youtube refers at the end.

    This time, it’s the perverted dog:

  6. anansi133 says:

    The cute factor is greatly enhanced when you outmass the spider by several orders of magnitude. If I were the same size as that spider, it wouldn’t be cute at all.

    (I wonder what other behaviors would appear cute if I were much bigger than I am now?)

    • Jerril says:

       Most of my cats behaviour is cute because I’m over 20 times her weight. Mouse or rat sized, most of the kitty play I find so adorable wouldn’t be nearly as cute…

  7. mappo says:

    So that’s settled then – I’m never taking my shoes off again.

  8. SedanChair says:

    If you’re an ant, and you see a couple of legs sticking out of the sand, and you hear Bad Company playing in the background, beware.

  9. Velocirapt42 says:

    My dog does something similar if the quilts are bunched up on our bed. This is proof of evolutionism.

  10. OgilvyTheAstronomer says:

    “Sand Spider Builds a Burrow” totally sounds like the title of a children’s book.

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