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"Ant Nest" Found in 12-Year-Old Girl's Ear


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockFeb 5 2016, 16:27 UTC
1119 "Ant Nest" Found in 12-Year-Old Girl's Ear
Much worse than just an itch. Dario Lo Presti/Shutterstock

If you couldn’t tell by the title, this one isn’t for the squeamish. A nest of ants has been found in the ear of a 12-year-old girl from Deesa, Gujarat, The Times of India reports.

Although she did not feel any pain, Shreya Darji complained of an irritation in her ear in August last year. After inspecting her ear, her father reportedly saw large ants inside. She was taken to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor who removed 10 ants from the ear.


Two weeks later the bizarre ailment returned and Shreya was referred to another ENT specialist in Gujarat state. A video of the ants' extraction has been posted online, below.

Some reports have stated that over 1,000 ants were removed, although this remains unverified and extremely unlikely. 

How or why the ants got into the young girl’s ear is unknown to all of the doctors who worked on the case. Dr Jawahar Talsania, 58, who performed the second extraction, said that he had never seen anything like it in his 35 years of practice.


Dr Talsania told The Times of India, “The girl's case is very challenging for me, as I have never seen such a case, nor found it in medical history. The big ants must be biting her, but the girl did not even feel pain inside her ears. Besides, there was no damage inside her ear."



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