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Spider catches bird in web at TX park

GRAPELAND, TX (KXXV) -

A small bird found itself tangled in an unlikely situation at a Texas state park.

The small house finch was caught in a black and yellow garden spider’s web according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook page.

The spider, known as Argiope aurantia, was found near Mission Tejas State Park located in Grapeland, TX.

"My love of birds motivated me to free this finch from the web of the spider even though I typically let nature take its course," said Ranger Josh Crawford in an email.

Ranger Crawford freed the finch from the web. 

The spider can range in size anywhere from 1/4 of an inch to 1 and 1/8 inches, according to Animal Diversity. 

In comparison, house finches can get up to almost six inches. 

A park ranger rescued the bird from the web without disturbing the spider’s home.

This event defies nature since the house finch actually is supposed to prey on the spider, not become the prey.

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