Children Bitten By Black Widow Spiders, Trying to Become Spider-Man

According to Telemundo. three young children are in hospital after getting a black widow spider to bite them, believing it would turn them into Spider-Man, The three brothers from Bolivia are aged eight, ten and twelve and found the spider while herding goats in Chayanta. They then prodded the black widow spider until it bit each of them. Their mother, who found them in pain, took them to a health centre, from there to hospital and then to the Children's Hospital in La Paz, with fevers, tremors and muscle pains. They have since been treated and discharged. The story, however, is being shared by the government as a warning to others, and saying that for children, everything is real, and that movies are real, even though they are an illusion,"

This would not be the first time that death and injury has been caused by people pretending to be Spider-Man.

Archives of Disease Of Childhood records that 6‐year‐old boy was brought into the emergency department by ambulance after having fallen from a first‐floor window, after pretending to be Spider-Man, as well as three other Spider-Man related injuries. Another six year old, Kevin Morales of London fell from his bedroom window after crawling out on its ledge like Spider-Man and died in 2011. Five-year-old Valentino, of Jakarta, Indonesia was forbidden from watching The Amazing Spider Man 2, then played in his bedroom as the character and did the same. There have been plenty of similar cases involving Superman play.

In the comics, cartoons, TV shows and movies, Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive, or genetically modified spider, which gives him powers of super-speed, strength, agility and, in some versions, the ability to spin webs. Though there have been versions such as in Ruins where Peter Parker has suffered radiation sickness as a result. The Black Widow movie, also from Marvel but not actually involving any black widow spiders, has been postponed to later in the year.

Children Bitten By Black Widow Spiders, Trying to Become Spider-Man.
A female Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus) spider on her sticky web in a dark corner of an Arizona garden. By Maria Jeffs.

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