Brothers hospitalised after letting a black widow spider bite them so they could 'become Spider-Man'

Greg Evans
Tuesday 26 May 2020 10:30
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The origins of the Marvel superhero Spider-Man, involve Peter Parker being bitten by a radioactive spider that gives him powers such as the ability to climb walls and shoot web.

Unfortunately none of that story involves a black widow spider from Bolivia, which somebody should have told three young boys before they let one bite them.

On Saturday's coronavirus briefing in Bolivia, it was reported that Virgilio Pietro, a member of the country's ministry of health, revealed that three brothers had been discharged from hospital last week after allowing a black widow spider to bite them in the hopes that they would attain similar powers to the Marvel web-slinger.

According to Telemundo, the siblings found the spider while herding goats in Chatyana and antagonised the arachnid enough until it had bitten all three of them.

Sadly they soon weren't climbing walls and were discovered crying by their own mother who rushed them to the hospital where they were soon transferred to the Children’s Hospital in La Paz suffering from fevers, tremors and muscle pains.

Thankfully black widow bites aren't traditionally fatal and the boys were discharged last Wednesday, almost a week after they were first bitten.

In a warning to parents Pietro said these sage words:

For children everything is real, movies are real — even though they are in fact an illusion.

Black widow's venom is 15 times more deadly than a rattlesnake and it has given them a feared reputation in North America, where they are the most venomous on the continent with the young and elderly being their prime victims but only act in self-defense.

With that being said were pretty sure these three brothers or anyone for that matter, won't be trying to get bitten by one in the future because you definitely won't be able to fight Dr. Ocotpus or Green Goblin afterward.

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