British singer Katie Melua, best known for hits such as “Nine Million Bicycles” and “The Closest Thing to Crazy,” discovered that she had a baby spider living in her ear for a whole week. Melua believed the rustling in her ear had to do with hearing loss, but when she visited the doctor she was informed that it was a spider setting up shop. The doctor used a micro-vacuum cleaner to extract the “friend” from her ear.
The 30-year-old Georgian-British singer believes the spider had found its way into a pair of earbud headphones, which she uses to block out sound during her airplane rides. The species has been identified as a member of the Salticidae, or jumping spider, family. She said on her Instagram account, “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…”
Melua posted a second photo shortly after the first that featured her little spider friend. She has become attached to the little guy and decided she wants to take it home and release it in her garden. She said, “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.”
Melua’s spokeswoman told the Daily Mail,
“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. 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.”
According to the Guardian, “The US National Institutes of Health advises people who think they have an insect in their ear not to reach in, since it may cause the insect to sting or bite. It recommends turning the person’s head with the affected side up to see if the insect crawls out.”
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