A well-known British singer felt something flutter in her ear for a week, and after going to a doctor, she discovered that there was a live spider living there.
Katie Melua tweeted about her experience and described hearing a “rustling” for about a week. When she went to the doctor, she was shocked to learn that a spider had made its home in her ear all that time.
“So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out this morning,” Melua tweeted. “THIS little fella is what they found! Basically I used these old in-ear monitors to block out sound on a flight, little spider must have been in them and crawled inside my ear and stayed there for the week. It was no hassle at all, apart from the occasional shuffling noises… Though the thing looked TERRIFYING up-close on the doctor’s camera, once he took him out (using a micro Hoover) it was pretty small, and now its in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine.”
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Reports say that Melua was “relieved” when she learned that she wasn’t in fact losing her hearing. Her spokesperson said that Melua decided to keep the spider alive and release it into her garden.
“The ear specialist said he’d never in his career taken out a live bug before. Plenty of dead ones. When it was out it was pretty tiny,” said Melua’s spokesperson. “Katie kept it in the test tube and released it in her garden when she got home. Apart from shuffling and random noises in her ear, the spider was no bother for the entire week it lived there. She was relieved it was what it was as she was worried she was losing her hearing.”