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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.

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