Elina Walsh saw something on her home’s wall one morning a few weeks ago. It was a strange-looking animal that I didn’t recognize right away.
Walsh told The Dodo, “I walked over to check what it was.”
It was then that Walsh discovered it was a little spider with only two legs.
It’s unknown how the spider lost six of her legs, but her prospects of surviving without them appeared to be poor. Walsh was well aware of the terrible fact.
She decided to assist.
“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 gave to the spider.
Walsh discovered after some study that there was still hope for Peggy to live a normal life. It turns out that spiders have the ability to regenerate their legs. Peggy only needed time and a safe location to spend it.
Despite her circumstances, this tiny spider was a warrior.
“She had a tremendous determination to survive despite only having two legs,” Walsh added.
In the weeks that followed, Walsh fed Peggy with water and food, and her body began to change slowly but steadily.
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“She gained enough strength to regenerate her legs with weekly feedings,” Walsh added. “It was intriguing to observe her.”
Meanwhile, as Peggy’s legs grew longer, so did Walsh’s feelings for her.
“I don’t believe spiders can develop bonds,” she explained. “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.
“Hopefully she won’t get herself into trouble again,” Walsh said, adding that the experience has taught her a valuable lesson that she hopes will be shared with others.
“It makes me happy to know that I was able to assist an animal,” Walsh remarked. “Also, to assist others to learn more about these beautiful animals and to show them a side of spiders they may not have seen before. Many arachnophobic’s have stated that their feelings toward spiders have changed and that they now like them.”