Did anyone watch that Beetle Sumo Wrestling on Jonathan Ross's Japanorama? People turn up with their personal stag beetles and watch them do battle in tiny arenas. Anyone?
I was inspired to try it out on two huge spiders in my garden. I picked one up with the end of a broomstick and put it in the web of a similarly sized monster and stood back to watch the mayhem.
Well, to be honest, it was all a bit embarrassing. The owner of the web dashed straight after the intruder, they flapped their arms about a bit and the intruder ran off and hid under a leaf! I thought spiders were meant to be hard! What a load of rubbish. I was entertained for exactly 5 seconds. Maybe I'll put them in tiny canoes next time and they can race each other around a big puddle. Perhaps that's where their competitive talents lie.
Sumo Garden Spider ready for action. Or not as the case may be.