‘Why don’t you die?’: Australian’s fight with a spider sparks police call

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Police said the tweet was later deleted because it was against protocol to share screenshots of police communications.

A neighbour was walking past a house in the west coast city of Perth on Wednesday (Jan 2) when they heard a man repeatedly yelling "why don't you die?" and a toddler screaming.

"Police spoke with all parties who advised that the husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has a serious fear of spiders)".

We don't blame the bloke for the reaction.

Minutes later police were relieved to discover no one had been injured in the incident - except an unlucky home-invading spider.

The resident soon called 0-0-0 (Australia's emergency digits), prompting multiple units from the Wanneroo Police department to show up at the unnamed man's home.

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When officers arrived, they found a man "trying to kill a spider", police in Western Australia said, according to The Guardian.

It's not the first time that death threats targeted at spiders have prompted a frenzied police response in Australia.

A screenshot of the police log of the incident was posted on Twitter by the officers but has since been deleted.

The man was reported to have apologised "for the inconvenience" he had caused.

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.

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