This Girl Has Ants Living In Her Ear

Ants will nest in almost any location, but there’s none so bizarre (and gruesome) as a human ear. What makes this story even more unsettling is the ear belonged to a 12 year old girl. This story was reported by a number of media outlets, such as the U.K. Daily Mail. But is it correct?

The case happened in Gujarat, India. Here it was reported that a 12-year-old girl called Shreya Darji frequently had ants crawling out of her ears. To deal with this she was regularly being taken to a local doctor – to have the ants removed, but not, it seems to address the underlying cause. The issue started in August 2015 and it is, apparently, still continuing.

Fortunately the girl was seen by a more ‘focused’ doctor who used laparoscopic cameras to look into her ear. However, this did not reveal anything at all. In case ants are lurking within, doctors have tried flushing out the ear with antiseptic. This has not been successful.

Next the girl was subjected to MRI and CT scans – again nothing. No evidence of eggs, ants or a queen. Yet a few days later, more ants were found in her ears. Dr Jawahar Talsania, a local medic, told Laboratory Roots:

‘We don’t believe the ants are laying eggs inside the ear as we’ve not spotted a queen ant inside. We are completely perplexed.’

So where are the ants coming from and, if they are not present in the ear, how are they being repopulated?

The video below shows the girl having around 10 ants pulled out from her ears:

 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=zmon48Z72Ow

 

There’s no resolution to the issue. Medics are puzzled. The ants keep appearing. A hoax is possible, but unlikely. What do readers of The Latest News think?

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.