STRANGE BUT TRUE
PHILADELPHIANS are on the lookout for 7000 creatures – including a highly venomous spider – stolen from the city’s Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion last month.
Thieves made off with up to 90 per cent of the museum’s collection, including a six-eyed sand spider whose bite “could rot 25 per cent of their (victim’s) body”.
Speaking to CNN, Insectarium CEO John Cambridge said he wasn’t “sure there’s ever been a larger live-insect heist”. The value of the missing creatures is between $40,000 and $50,000.
Authorities believe the thieves previously worked at the museum.
“We know exactly who did this. We caught them on camera,” Mr Cambridge said. “They took all the stuff and then they didn’t show up for their shifts.”
Several of the thieves even left a bizarre calling card by sticking their uniforms to the wall with steak knives, CNN reported.
The museum has established a GoFundMe page to replace the missing creatures.