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‘Animal hero’ rescues and rehabilitates two-legged huntsman

After a month in Elina Walsh's care, Peggy was able to regrow her six missing legs. Photo: Elina Walsh
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Townsville resident Elina Walsh has been recognised by animal rights group PETA Australia for her efforts in rescuing and rehabilitating an injured huntsman spider.

Ms Walsh was recognised with a Hero To Animals award after she hand-fed the spider (nicknamed ‘Peggy’) for a month, while it grew its legs back.

Ms Walsh found the creature emaciated, dehydrated, and with just two legs and suspected the arachnid had been attacked by a gecko or a bird.