A man in eastern China recently visited a hospital with complaints of “a crawling sensation” in his right ear.
Upon examination, the doctor found a spider that had really made itself at home. The tiny spider had spun a web that covered the patient’s entire ear canal!
Dr. Zhang Pan of the Affiliated Hospital of Yangzhou University treated the man, inserting an endoscope into his ear and capturing footage of the eight-legged intruder, which was shared online by Newsflare.
The video shows a tube descending deep into the man’s ear, revealing a small spider squatting very comfortably near the tympanic membrane, or eardrum. Wispy, pale filaments of its web are visible nearby — though it did not appear to have caught anything yet.
Zhang told The Sun that the spider was so small he couldn’t see it until he inserted the endoscope. He first tried to snatch the spider from the ear canal with a pair of tweezers, but it escaped him; Zhang then successfully flushed the spider out with a squirt of saline, The Sun reported.
Because the patient with the spider in his ear sought treatment so quickly, there was no damage to his eardrum, Zhang told The Sun. However, the fate of the spider after its removal remains unknown, The Sun reported!