A Chinese woman got a terrifying surprise when she learned that the scratching sound she heard inside her ear canal was from a spider.
The woman, identified by her surname Li, was experiencing intense pain in one of her ears, according to the Daily Mail. She went to a hospital in Xiamen, southwest China, where she was told by doctors that a spider had been living in her ear.
To make matters worse, the spider had started to weave a web inside her ear canal.
Li, 25, told People's Daily Online -- a Chinese news outlet -- that she went hiking several days ago with her boyfriend. She picked fruit from a tree behind a cemetery while hiking and when she got home, the scratching began.
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For days Li experienced the scratching noise and intense pain and it continued to get worse. She tried to take pain-relief medication and anti-inflammation pills, but nothing helped.
Li said at one point she even feared that the pain could mean she was possessed by an evil spirit after walking over a grave in the cemetery.
When she arrived at the hospital, doctors found that the spider was resting on her ear drums.
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Doctors used ear drops to put the spider to sleep before extracting it under surgical conditions.
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