How to get a roach drunk

How do you remove a stray cockroach jammed in the ear? Get the roach drunk.

A doctor in the southeastern Chinese port city of Xiamen plucked a 1,5cm roach from a 12-year-old boy’s ear with tweezers four minutes after dousing it with alcohol, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The doctor at the city’s Zhongshan Hospital, who wasn’t identified, sees up to two patients each month with similar insect problems, the paper said. The report didn’t say how the roach got into the ear of the boy, whose name wasn’t given.

“Victims of similar intrusions should seek medical help and not attempt to remove the cockroach themselves as there was a real risk of the eardrum being damaged,” the report said. - Sapa-AP

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