Man's ear was home to 26 cockroaches

Posted Aug 28, 2015 by Owen Weldon
A man went to the hospital for an earache, and when doctors looked inside his ear, they found dozens of cockroaches living inside him.
American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
The man, who was only identified as Mr. Li, went to a hospital in Dongguan because he wanted to get to the bottom of his earache. It turned out that there was an adult cockroach inside his ear and it had given birth to 25 babies.
Mr. Li, 19, had an itchy right ear and it hurt, and this ended up waking him up in the middle of the night. The following day he went to the hospital.
At the time the babies hatched, they were only the size of small mosquitoes, and they may have been living inside his ear for weeks before doctors extracted them from his ear.
One doctor said that when Li's ear was looked at, they saw an insect-shaped object, which was completely blocking his ear canal.
According to doctors, if Li did not make it to the hospital in time, then his ear would have been destroyed.
Some say that cockroaches could survive a nuclear explosion, and they are hardy insects. Cockroaches can live for months without eating any food. They also like to reside in dark places, as they are nocturnal insects for the most part.