Kids sometimes fail to grasp the distinction between reality and fantasy, and this week, it appears, there has been a frightening proof of that notion.
Three little boys were hospitalized after they had a black widow spider bite them, as they figured it might transform them into Spider-Man.
Keep reading to see how this scary tale has turned out …
The brothers, 12, 10, and 8 years old, were herding goats in Chayanta when they discovered a spider, Telemundo first reported after a Ministry of Health officials disclosed the specifics at the coronavirus briefing.
The official, Virgilio Pietro, said that the three boys had regularly stabbed a poisonous spider with a stick before one of the brothers had been bitten. They claimed that the bite was going to give them superpowers.
Their mother noticed them weeping, and they were quickly sent to the hospital after attending the local health centre. They continued to suffer from fever, tremor, and abdominal discomfort, and were admitted to the Children’s Hospital in La Paz for the third time.
But luckily no one was seriously injured.
According to National Geographic, black widow spiders, one of the most feared breeds in the world and the most venomous in North America, have venom 15 times more powerful than a rattlesnake’s.
National Geographic also says that black widows only bite in self-defense, and that while their bites are not usually fatal, children are most at risk along with the elderly and infirm.