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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 29: A Leopard Gecko is handled at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) reptile rescue centre on May 29, 2015 in Brighton, England. The RSPCA collected 1,853 reptiles last year, an increase of seven percent from 2013. The RSPCA is the worlds' largest and oldest animal welfare charity, it was established in 1824 and celebrated its 190th anniversary last year. A suffering animal is brought into RSPCA care every four minutes and the RSPCA took more than a million calls to its cruelty line last year. The RSPCA has 16 centres and 166 independently run branches. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

We have all heard of a spider being stuck in a person’s ear, but imagine having a gecko lodged in your ear hole. Needless to say, this rare occurrence sounds extremely painful. For one man living in Guangzhou, China, a tiny gecko called his ear hole home for a few days. While the man was taking a nap, the tiny creature decided to climb into the spot.

As soon as the man woke up, he noticed something was wrong with his ear. We can only imagine the type of pain he had to be in! He noticed the small creature in his earhole and attempted to pull it out. However, this action didn’t work well. Instead of capturing the creature, he frightened the gecko and it crawled even further into his ear.

The man arrived at the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University and was promptly seen at the Emergency Department. Whomever was working that shift must have been surprised with what they found! In order to retrieve the gecko, they gave the animal anesthesia is order to prevent it from climbing farther into the ear.

Once the reptile was removed, there was one thing missing…his tail! That’s right, the gecko’s tail was feared to be stuck in the man’s ear. However, after searching, it was assumed that the creature lost his tail before claiming a spot in his ear.

According to the Southern Metropolis Daily, the man did not have to stay at the hospital. Doctors told him that he needed to “rest for two days” and obviously try to avoid geckos. Luckily, the man didn’t have any permanent damage to his ear.

As for the gecko, we haven’t heard any updates on how he was doing post eviction. From pictures we’ve seen, we can only assume that he didn’t have as lucky as an ending.


Sarah is a Hufflepuff living in NYC. When she is not traveling or talking to random animals, she is working as a script writer. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp