CHAYANTA, Bolivia - It’s well documented how Spider-Man got his superpowers.
A plethora of films, cartoons, video games and comic books have shown Peter Parker develop wall-crawling abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
But when three Bolivian boys let a black widow bite them on May 14, they didn’t gain the proportional strength of a spider. They didn’t shoot webs, swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper.
They just got muscle pains, fevers, tremors and a trip to a couple of hospitals.
Health officials told Telemundo that the boys, ages 12, 10 and 8, had been prodding the black widow with a stick, hoping it would bite them and give them superpowers.
Their mother found them crying and rushed them to a nearby health center. But once the health center realized they couldn’t treat the boys on-site, they were transferred to a hospital in Llallagua.
The next day, the boys ended up in a children's hospital in La Paz where they were given a serum for their bites. The hospital discharged them on May 20.
According to National Geographic, a black widow’s venom is believed to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s.
While most humans don’t die from it, the venom can be especially lethal to small children, the elderly and the sick.
And black widows usually only bite in self-defense, NatGeo reported.