Elina Walsh noticed something on her home’s wall one morning a few weeks ago. It was a strange-looking figure that I didn’t recognize immediately.
Walsh told The Dodo, “I walked over to check what it was.”
It was then that Walsh noticed it was a little spider with only two legs.
It’s mysterious how the spider lost six of her legs, but her chances of surviving without them appeared to be slim. Walsh was well aware of the sad fact.
She made the choice to support.
“I felt bad for her right away,” Walsh said. “So I chose to look after her because she would have been unable to hunt on her own.”
Peggy was the name she given to the spider.
Walsh recognized after some study that there was still hope for Peggy to live a normal life. It turns out that spiders have the power to heal their legs. Peggy only needed time and a safe location to do it.
Despite her difficulties, this little spider was a fighter.
“She had a strong desire to survive despite only having two legs,” Walsh said.
In the weeks that followed, Walsh gave Peggy with water and bread, and her body started to transform little by little.
She had enough strength to repair her legs with weekly feedings,” Walsh explained. “It was fascinating to examine her.”
Meanwhile, as Peggy’s legs grew longer, so did Walsh’s feelings for her.
“I don’t believe spiders can form bonds,” she added. “However, I have a strong attachment to her.”
Peggy molted for around four weeks to fit her expanding body, and the legs she had lost reappeared.
It was all because Walsh took the time to assist her in getting there.
Walsh intends to keep Peggy under her care until she is a bit bigger and stronger, after which she will release her back into the wild.
“Hopefully she won’t get herself into trouble again,” Walsh said, adding that the incident has taught her a valuable lesson that she hopes will be shared with others.
Spiders, too, have a right to exist.
“It makes me happy to know that I was able to assist an animal,” Walsh added. “Also, to help others learn more about these beautiful animals and to show them a side of spiders they may not have seen before. Many arachnophobics have stated that their feelings toward spiders have changed and that they now like them.”