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A Sydney mother was horrified to find a huge hunting spider inside her Christmas Gingerbread house.

Katie Gompertz was thinking of opening the festive treat for a cup of tea when she noticed that the spider had already settled in.

The gingerbread house has been in your house for over a week.

Katie Gompertz found a hunter in the gingerbread house box. (Supplied)

“I have a cup of tea before I go to bed, around 8:30 pm, at 9 pm,” Ms. Gompertz told

“I looked at my microwaved gingerbread house and wondered if I could sneak around a bit without the kids.

“I saw this leg almost walking around the outside.

“At first I thought it was a trick of the night.

“So I thought, ‘My God, he’s a hunter.’

Ms. Gompertz, from Berowra Heights in Sydney’s Outer North, yelled for her husband to come.

Sydney’s mother is not sure how the spider got in. (Supplied)

She said she hit the box and the spider pointed its tweezers at her.

They also noticed that he had a large egg sac on his back.

Their children’s reactions were mixed.

“My six-year-old son thought it was the best thing in the world,” he said.

“My daughter, who is eight, was absolutely petrified and the 10-year-old was like, ‘That’s 2020, this shouldn’t be unexpected.’

The family put the box, compete with the spider, on the terrace outside instead of killing it.

A friend who likes spiders will come and take it home, he said.

Ms Gompertz said the gingerbread house was delivered with her Woolworths purchases over a week ago, and she believes it may have been inside that long.

“I have no idea how it got there,” he said.

“It’s huge. There is a very small space in it (the box) and the egg sac is solid.

“I don’t want to frame Woolworths.

“But I know hunters are notoriously agile and they get into small spaces, but I can’t understand how it got there.

“The gap is really small and he is a great hunter.”

Ms. Gompertz posed for photos with the surprise guest. (Supplied)
The family put the box, with the spider still upside down, on their terrace. (Supplied)

However, she is not very upset by the find and has named the spider Hunty the huntress.

“This is the peak of 2020,” he said.

“This is how my year has ended.”

Now she plans to buy her children a new gingerbread house.

“There will be a lot to check the boxes before we get another one,” he said.

Ms. Gompertz posted the finding on Facebook and tagged Woolworths. (Facebook)

Woolworths suggested that she could return the gingerbread house to her store, but Ms Gompertz said there is no way she will remove the spider, should it enter her home.

Nor will you put it in your car.

“Oh no Katie, this creature just wanted a home, but it’s definitely not the right one for her!” Woolworths told him in a Facebook comment.

“Thanks for letting us know, and we apologize for the terrifying surprise. After all, it is Christmas, not Halloween.

“Please feel free to return the gingerbread house to our store service counter for a replacement, one without an additional guest!”

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