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The creepy-crawly criminals: doccie shines light on an audacious insect heist

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7 000 creatures worth $50 000 (about R750 000) were stolen from glass cases and display shelves at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. (PHOTO: Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion)
7 000 creatures worth $50 000 (about R750 000) were stolen from glass cases and display shelves at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. (PHOTO: Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion)

Shows about robbing banks and diamond heists aren’t huge hits for nothing – the sheer drama and audacity of it all has millions of viewers on the edge of their seats.

But a new documentary based on a different kind of robbery is making waves right now and if creepy-crawlies aren’t your thing, the story behind it may well raise the hair on the back of your neck.

Bug Out focuses on one of the biggest insect robberies in history: the theft of 7 000 creatures worth $50 000 (about R750 000) from glass cases and display shelves at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion in the US, the world’s first insect museum.

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