If you're arachnophobic you should probably look away now. For peering back at you from the inside of one unfortunate woman's ear is a rather miffed-looking spider.
The horrifying pictures were taken at China's Changsha Central Hospital, after the patient checked in, complaining of itching inside her left ear.
Doctors were left with the challenge of extracting the spider while trying to ensure it would not burrow deeper or even bite the woman.
After much discussion it was decided to fill the woman's ear with saline, in the hope the spider would come out of its own accord, the Xiaoxiang Morning News reported.
Thankfully the plan worked and Dr Liu Sheng was able to give the good news to the patient, who promptly burst into tears of gratitude.
It later emerged the spider had probably been living in her ear canal for up to five days and may have crawled in while she slept in her home during renovations.
It seems the human race excels in getting alien objects stuck in our bodies. Take six-year-old Isaak Lasson, who managed to conceal a piece of lego up his nose for three years. Or the vicar who arrived at hospital with a potato stuck up his backside. (Get your mind out the gutter. He'd been hanging curtains and fell backwards onto it, OK?).
Don't do it, folks.Suggest a correction