A spider crawled inside this man's body for three days (updated)

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An Australia man's vacation to Bali took a dark turn last week after he discovered a painful red line forming above his belly button. At first, doctors told 21-year-old Dylan Thomas that it was just an insect bite. Then the line started to grow and the horror was obvious: It was a spider burrowed into his belly.

It slowly climbed up towards his heart. The arachnid, which was about the size of a match head, survived inside of the man's body for three days before doctors finally pulled it out. Thomas described the pain as a "searing burn." His friends now call him Spiderman.

"It takes a lot to deter me, but I do feel violated," Thomas told NT News. "It was a very bizarre experience just to know something like that was in my body for a couple of days." Again, bizarre seems like an understatement.


Update: Talking to io9, however, associate professor at McGill University's Department of Natural Resource Sciences Christopher Buddle said this is "likely not possible:"

Simply put: it is not plausible and I can think of no valid reason why a spider might 'crawl beneath skin through a scar'. The claim that it was 'feeding and moving up through the scar tissue' defies logic and defies what we know about the biology of spiders. I am also sceptical because the 'evidence' (the spider itself) is not presented.


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Curious how it was able to breathe.