Another palm-sized spider, but this time I found her a most endearing creature. She had fallen into my friend's empty swimming pool and was unable to get out unassisted. Armed with a broom, I eased her onto it and gently lifted her out. She made no attempt to scuttle away, so out came the camera. On closer inspection I found that she was clutching a sac of babies underneath her, which I originally thought was just a small pebble (no glasses on at the time!). She let me kneel down within inches of her and snap away happily, keeping a firm grasp on her precious bundle of kids.
Believe it or not, the next day I found her in the same situation, in the swimming pool, and had to rescue her once more. This time I only managed to get her, minus the babies, onto the brush, and gently placed her at the side of the pool, where she sat and waited until I retrieved her precious load and placed it in front of her. She quickly gathered it up under her belly and made her way away from the pool into the roots of an olive tree, where she stayed for most of the day.