Bundaberg spider that looks like Elton John playing piano goes viral


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Images: Jørund Føreland Pedersen/Wikimedia Commons, Adrian Pearce

A tiny spider spotted in regional Queensland that people think looks like Elton John playing an invisible piano has gone viral online.

Queenslander Adrian Pearce said he filmed the “cute little visitor” at Horse Camp near Gin Gin, west of Bundaberg.

He then posted the footage to a Facebook group specifically for identifying Australian spiders.

In the clip, the creature looks like it’s sporting round black sunglasses and a thick toupee.

And in the footage, the spider is moving its front appendages as if playing a piano.

“Elton John if he came back as a spider,” one person commented.

“Is that a toupee?” another asked.

Others called the spider “seriously adorable” and the post was shared hundreds of times. Eventually the Facebook group’s followers did identify the arachnid.

They figured out she’s a female White-banded House Jumper, otherwise known as Maratus scutulatus.

The creatures are commonly found in tree bark and green leaves up and down eastern Australia, according to the experts.

The females of the species only grow to just 7mm, with the men even smaller at 5mm.

If one gets stuck in your clothing, their bites can cause pain, inflammation and mild illness.

Elton John teases more concerts on Australian trip

Meanwhile, the real Sir Elton John recently revealed he’s coming to Australia next year for a family holiday.

Speaking on radio station 2GB, Elton explained he and husband David Furnish are bringing their sons here for Christmas 2022.

And on the trip he teased he’d even consider performing a “few more shows” on his farewell tour here.

“My family and I will be coming to Australia for Christmas in 2022. My boys have absolutely fallen in love with Australia,” Elton told 2GB.

“So we’re coming back for a holiday. But I would think there’s a good chance I may do a few more shows in Australia.”

The music legend began his final international tour, the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, in September 2018.

After delays due to Covid and recent health issues, Elton’s tour will stretch on for at least two more years.

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