It’s pretty safe to say that the majority of people are afraid of spiders. Maybe it’s the fact that they have more legs than we care to think about and they move in a way that is sneaky and a tad chilling. Not to mention all those horror movies that have been made starring spiders. Arachnophobia is a popular movie of the nineties that features South American killer spiders that hitch a ride to the U.S. where they breed and procreate millions more, frightening all those who are affected by their presence.
These creepy little creatures have a way of sneaking up on us when we least expect us, and while we don’t want to think about it, they are all around us and can show up at any given moment.
Recently, a Fox 4 News reporter had an unfortunate run-in with a decent-sized arachnid, but luckily she was unaware at the time and it’s a good thing because who knows how she would’ve reacted on-air had she realized the spider was crawling up her left shoulder.
Texas reporter Shannon Murray was going about her business, sharing her knowledge about workers protesting at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, when the spider was spotted by viewers. He was creeping down her left arm as she went about her newscast. She did admit that she felt something but didn’t think it was a spider.
“For those asking, YES I felt it! But I had no idea it was a spider until a VIEWER let me know on Facebook!” said Murray, who has been commended for keeping it together on-air. She is clearly in the right profession as she managed to keep a straight face and get the job done, even while she felt something on her arm. Talk about composure!
Commenters shared their creeped-out thoughts along with their accolades for the composed reporter…
“Yikes, I would have freaked out….I hate spiders ughhhhh!”
“Every spider has fangs and pretty much all of them have venom. It’s hard to see what species this one is, but it doesn’t look like one of the most deadly spiders in the world (brown recluse, black widow, redback etc…) and definitely was not a funnel web. Still creepifying though.”
And others had some humorous political points to add…
“Gotta give kudos to Fox. If this was CNN, they would have gone hysterical, cancelled the broadcast and cried saying the President sent the spider to kill them.”
Even Murray’s station had something to say about the incident…
“The itsy bitsy spider crawled down the reporter’s arm.”
We all have a good spider or snake story to share, especially those of us who have come face to face with the daunting creatures. But, Miss Murray’s story is being shared across the country because she is a television personality and she deserves two thumbs up for maintaining her composure. Although it would’ve been interesting to see how she reacted had she realized that the spider was on her arm while she was on the air. We can imagine it would make for an interesting scene.