4 Tiny "Sweat Bees" Found Living Inside This Lady's Eye

The internet is buzzing about the woman in Taiwan who went to the hospital with a swollen eye this month and was found to have live bees living inside her eyelid, feasting on her tears. "It was very painful. Tears wouldn't stop coming out of my eye," the woman said at a press conference this week. "I was scared to death." She'd reportedly been pulling weeds at a family member’s grave when she felt something go into her eye; three hours later, she went to the hospital with swelling and sharp pains. "I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies," Hung Chi-ting, head of ophthalmology at Fooyin University Hospital, said at a press conference about successfully extracting four live "sweat bees" from the 29-year-old woman's tear ducts. The insects, which typically measure 3 to 4 millimeters in length, tend to "nest near graves," Hung notes. They also feed on nectar and pollen, but are attracted to human sweat for its salt and moisture content. The Guardiannotes that the woman's eyesight--not to mention the lives of the bees--was saved by the fact she never rubbed her eyes during her ordeal. Adds Hung, "Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life."

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