Leslie Schmidt was playing Pokémon Go with her boyfriend last Sunday in Yinnar, Victoria, when the couple stumbled upon a magical and ridiculous sight: a whole park covered in spiderwebs.
“We were chasing a Meowth but didn’t get it,” she told BuzzFeed News. “[We] got distracted by the webs.”
“I guess I just loved the juxtaposition of wonder and horror,” Schmidt said. “It looks so snuggly but it’s what they use to trap dinner.”
The abnormal spiderweb phenomenon has happened in Australia before. During periods of high rainfall or flooding, spiders are often forced to seek higher ground.
It’s also possible that the webbing is a result of baby spiders getting caught in the wind while parachuting with their webbing attached, Schmidt said.
“Apparently it happens a lot… My partner happened to look across and see it – we were lucky.”
Although Schmidt didn’t manage to catch the Meowth among the spiderwebs, she did manage to hatch an egg that had a Meowth in it that day.
“Would have been a better story if it was a Spinarak or Caterpie or something!” she said.