A woman who is afraid of spiders felt all her worst nightmares had come true - when one crawled inside her ear for 12 hours.
The victim discovered the perils of things that crawl in the night
It crept into the woman's ear while she was in bed and she had to wait until the morning before seeing a doctor.
The GP eventually managed to get it out with cold water.
The 36-year-old from Cardiff - who has asked not to be named - said that at first she thought it was a fly.
It was only when she went to see her doctor the next morning that she found out the truth.
The doctor at the Kings Road Surgery in Canton contacted a specialist, who advised she poured ice cold water into the woman's ear.
Both patient and doctor were horrified when the spider crawled out from its hiding place - as the doctor shared her phobia, too.