Three brothers were left in hospital after reportedly letting a venomous black widow spider bite them in the belief they would become Spider-Man.
Brothers from Bolivia, aged 12, 10 and 8
It is reported they believed a bite would turn them into the hit Marvel character.
In the films, character Peter Parker becomes the superhero after he is bitten by a spider.
According to mirror.co.uk , their mother was collecting wood at the time and the boys are said to have come up with the idea that letting the spider bite them would give them superpowers
The boys are said to have provoked the spider with a stick before it bit them.
They quickly began suffering from symptoms from the venomous bites, which can include severe muscle pain, abdominal cramps, increased heart rate and muscle spasms.
Their mother then found them crying and took them to the Chayanta health centre where they were given medicine, but their condition did not improve.
The boys were later taken to a hospital in the town of Llallagua but their condition worsened and they were then transferred to the Children’s Hospital in the Bolivian capital La Paz, according to the Head of Epidemiology of the Health Ministry, Virgilio Pietro.
The brothers were given a serum for their bites and their condition improved after that before they were released from the hospital five days later
Pietro shared the drama as a warning to parents, saying that“for children, everything is real, movies are real” — even though they are in fact an “illusion,” according to Telemundo.
With venom 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s, black widows are one of the most feared spiders in the world, and the most venomous in North America, National Geographic says.
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