Katie Melua discovers spider living in her ear for a week following flight

Katie Melua discovers spider living in her ear for a week following flight

Katie Melua was shocked to discover that a jumping spider had been living in her ear for a week after she'd used old headphones on a flight.

The Closest Thing To Crazy singer, 30, believes the arachnid crawled into her ear from the bud of a pair of headphones she had used while on a plane, reports the Mirror.

After hearing rustling noises and scratching in her ear for a week, she went to the doctors who were shocked to find the uninvited guests inside.

She shared a video and pictures of the spider on her Instagram page.

Katie wrote: "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!

She added: "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 it's in this little test tube, alive and seemingly fine."

Katie also described how she thinks it got to be in there: "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..." Eww.

A spokesperson for the singer 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."

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Katie Melua discovers spider living in her ear for a week following flight
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