News from the Natural World: A Himalayan Jumping Spider has claimed to have climbed Everest first. If the report is true the shocking revelation will not only turn the mountaineering community upside down but also upend the collective human consciousness. Hilary & Norgays first ascent of Everest, in May 1953, was heralded as a pinnacle of human achievement. The moment that mankind stood on the highest point on the planet. Alongside Neil Armstrongs first step on the moon this achievement has cemented humans perception of their domination of the natural world. However a shocking new claim has changed everything. The Platypus can exclusively reveal that there is a usurper to the throne of Everest. Hilda the Himalayan jumping spider has claimed that her Great Grandmother Helga was actually the first animal to climb Mt Everest. She said that Helga climbed the mountain on Monday 1st of June 1952. Her Great Grandma had been an avid climber all her life and was famous across the Himalayan Jumping Spider community. The Himalayan jumping spider is a small jumping spider that lives at elevations of up to 6,700m in the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. They are the highest known permanent resident on the planet. Also they are the ultimate climber and high altitude specialists. They are found among rocky debris, feeding on tiny, stray springtails and flies. They had been living on Everest for thousands of years before humans turned up.