Georgian-British singer Katie Melua gets spider sucked out of ear

Georgian-British singer Katie Melua. -- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM PAGE OF KATIE MELUA
Georgian-British singer Katie Melua. -- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM PAGE OF KATIE MELUA
On Oct 28, she also posted a picture of the spider in a test tube after it was extracted by a doctor using a Micro-hoover, which is a mini vacuum cleaner. -- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM PAGE OF KATIE MELUA
On Oct 28, she also posted a picture of the spider in a test tube after it was extracted by a doctor using a Micro-hoover, which is a mini vacuum cleaner. -- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM PAGE OF KATIE MELUA
The video was the spider in her ear with the caption: "So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out this morning. THIS little fella is what they found!" -- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM PAGE OF KATIE MELUA
The video was the spider in her ear with the caption: "So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out this morning. THIS little fella is what they found!" -- PHOTO: INSTAGRAM PAGE OF KATIE MELUA

The itsy bitsy spider did not go up the water spout, but it did go into Georgian-British singer Katie Melua's ear. It stayed there and emerged alive at the end of a whole week.

The 30-year-old, who is also a songwriter and musician, shared photographs, and even a video of the incident on her Instagram account.

The video was the spider in her ear with the caption: "So I had a rustling in my ear for a week and went to the doctor to have it checked out this morning. THIS little fella is what they found!"

On Oct 28, she also posted a picture of the spider in a test tube after it was extracted by a doctor using a Micro-hoover, which is a mini vacuum cleaner.

Explaining how the spider may have ended up in her ear, she said that the creature might have been in old in-ear monitors she used to block out sound on a flight.

To accompany the photo of the monitors, she wrote: "It was no hassle at all, apart from the occasional shuffling noises..."

But for British 24-year-old Daniela Liverani, who returned home from a trip to Southeast Asia with a 7.5cm leech in her nose, it was a lot of hassle. She thought her persistent nosebleeds were caused by a burst blood vessel from a motorbike crash during her trip.

Several times, she even saw the creature sticking out of her right nostril but assumed it was just a blood clot. It was only when it wriggled did she realise it was a leech. Doctors told her it could have worked its way up to her brain.

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