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Giant cockroach pulled out of man’s ear

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A South American cockroach, Blaberus giganteus

Helmer said he initially tried to get the roach out of his ear with a vacuum. (Photo: Getty)

DARWIN, Australia (PIX11) — An Australian man suffering from a debilitating earache got the shock of his life when a doctor discovered the source of his pain was a giant cockroach.

Hendrik Helmer of Darwin said he woke up Wednesday morning with a terrible pain in his ear and assumed some sort of bug had crawled into it while he was asleep.

“I was hoping it wasn’t a poisonous spider. I was hoping it didn’t bite me,” Helmer told 105.7 ABC Darwin radio.

Helmer was in such pain, he tried sucking the mystery insect out of his ear canal with a vacuum cleaner, to no avail.

After prompting from a friend, Helmer went to the hospital where the doctor said she believed a “little cockroach” was to blame. In an attempt to get the roach out, the doctor poured olive oil down Helmer’s ear, which caused the pest to go down further into the canal.

Eventually, the doctor used a pair of forceps to pull the insect from its temporary home. However, the roach was far from “little.”

“She said, ‘you know how I said a little cockroach? That may have been an underestimate,'” Helmer said of the doctor’s reaction. The roach that had burrowed in Helmer’s ear measured 2 cm long.

“They said they had never pulled an insect this large out of someone’s ear,” Helmer said.

Helmer added he would be taking “added precautions” while sleeping after the incident.