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A giant 6-eyed spider has gone missing in Philly, and everyone is freaking out

This is fine. Everything is fine.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Sep 6, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 7:10 am CDT

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion in the northeast section of the city is home to thousands of live species of bees, spiders, roaches, mantises, millipedes, beetles, ants, crickets, and other types of insects—some, extremely rare—in addition to a 7,000-square-foot butterfly pavilion.

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Or at least it was, before thieves broke in last week, making off with approximately 7,000 types of insects, arachnids, and lizards worth somewhere in the ballpark of $50,000.

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Museum employees aren’t sure exactly how many creatures were taken because the suspects, who are believed to be three current or former employees of the insectarium, stole the logs used by the museum to keep track of its specimens. As a type of bizarre calling card, the culprits even left uniforms “pinned” to the wall with large knives.

Some of the insects have since been recovered by police, but others, including a six-eyed sand spider said to be one of the “most venomous of its kind in the world,” are still missing.

Although the story broke shortly after the robbery last week, new life was breathed into it when the Mother Nature Network tweeted out a link to their coverage of it on Wednesday—mentioning the terrifying spider that may or may not be on the loose somewhere, possibly still in the city.

Who knows! It could literally be anywhere! Maybe even right behind you!

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As the tweet to the story went viral, obviously cool heads prevailed on Twitter as people banded together to try and track down the robbers.

Just kidding! Everybody freaked the hell out, basically chalking the entire city of Philadelphia up to a loss.

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And of course, a lot of people had the same joke:

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Jokes aside, Philadelphia is gonna be just fine. We survived the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, so I’m pretty sure we can handle some jabroni spider.

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*First Published: Sep 6, 2018, 10:47 am CDT