Honestly, I thought this was really cute.... but no.... that is not where the spider fiasco was to end!!!! This evening while answering emails my boarder collie, lady-girl was intrigued with my thigh. I looked down and this is what I saw..
Yuck... I screamed and screamed and screamed. Karl jumped up horrified at my screaming, I don't even scream for snakes! He help me strip my clothes off in an attempt to find the spider. But he was gone! Finally we found him in the folds of the couch. [and a field mouse under the couch] It is a baboon spider and here is a great link http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/arachnids/spiders/theraphosidae/ filled with info and reassurances.
This is what I call an ugly face!
He is huge...In fact he is closer to 6cm....
Karl loves the marking on his back - I think the spider is awful! We will release him later tonight... far far far away from our house. I hope he never comes back.
Bye bye Mr Baboon spider!