When they attempted to gain the abilities of Spider-Man by allowing a black widow spider to bite them, three lads in Bolivia discovered the hard way that enormous power comes with fevers, tremors, and muscle problems. Fortunately, the three boys—ages 8, 10, and 12—did not perish in the regrettable incident, and they were discharged from the hospital a week later—but without any superpowers.
The three boys from Chayanta, Bolivia, were herding goats when eight-legged inspiration struck when they found a spider whose black and red patterns reminded them of the superhero, according to a report from Ministry of Health officials. They made the decision to attempt to get the spider to bite them so they might be like the well-known hero, drawn in by the appeal of spidey senses, the power to climb walls, and shoot webs. They chose to poke the spider with a stick in an effort to provoke it into biting them, unaware of the creature’s strong poison. All three boys were bit by the enraged black widow when she fell for her lure; their mother later discovered them sobbing.
She hurried the boys to a neighboring clinic, where staff opted to take them to the hospital because no amount of medication seemed to be improving their condition. They had fevers, tremors, and muscle problems by the time they got to the Children’s Hospital in La Paz. The lads were subsequently released home to recover from their less than Marvel-ous journey after a week of treatment at the hospital.
The incident was reported by the authorities as a warning to parents to “be careful” since “for children everything is real, movies are real, dreams can be real, and they are the illusion of our lifetime,” according to a Telemundo post.
Black widow spiders are extremely poisonous, but they only bite when they feel threatened despite having venom that is 15 times more potent than that of a rattlesnake. They are completely harmless if left alone, but prodding them with a stick is likely to result in a bad outcome for you. Most healthy individuals who are bitten will feel poorly and suffer some pain, but they will gradually get better. However, the bite can occasionally prove fatal for small children, the elderly, or people with health issues.
Unfortunately, despite how much we’d all like to swing, climb, and predict the future like our neighborhood Spider-Man, there is no scientific proof that getting bitten by a spider—or by any other animal, for that matter—does much more than pose a danger of discomfort, ill health, and infection. But if the top Google result is to be trusted, humans might be closer than we thought to sharing a spider sense…
They’re venomous, not poisonous.