If you've been following our reports on various bizarre and terrifying animal invasions making the headlines lately, you're probably coming to the same conclusion: we're so screwed. Creatures are descending like rain from the skies, creeping up from the mossy ground and even crawling out of lakes and streams to move in on our turf. We're trying our best to document the invasion as it happens, and here's a recap of the most troubling cases. Click the headline of each item to read the full story... if you think you can handle it, that is.
The Social Spider gets its name from the way they work together to catch prey by weaving “sheet webs,” which stretch across trees as a kind of net. In Brazil this year, they moved from trees to telephone poles... and then started to descend upon the local population.
An invasive type of carnivorous catfish called the Northern Snakehead, a species which can climb out of the water and squirm around on land for short periods of time, is now on the loose in New York City's Central Park. Keep your Corgi on a short leash!
Giant neon pink slugs were found on the peak of Mount Kaputar, in New South Wales, Australia, where it seem bizarre new species are being discovered quite frequently... including a type of snail that likes to chomp on other snails.
Technically this is from 2011, but it's been going seriously viral this year: this monstrosity, believed by experts to be a sea lamprey, was reportedly pulled out of the Raritan River in New Jersey by a man who was fishing with a bow and arrow. The photos went viral and have pulled in over a million hits.
Documented cases of bat-eating spiders are pouring in from all around the world, with over 50 proven accounts on record in every continent – except Antarctica, and that's only because there are no bats there to eat.