The doctor said it looked like the boy had something in his ear. When he irrigated the ear, the first spider came out, dead. The other spider took a second dousing before it emerged, still alive. Both were about the size of a pencil eraser. Jesse was given the spiders – now both dead – as a souvenir. He has taken them to school and his mother has taken them to work. – Associated Press These guys weren’t exactly Snap, Crackle and Pop. What began as a faint popping in a 9-year-old boy’s ear – “like Rice Krispies” – ended up as an earache, and the doctor’s diagnosis was that a pair of spiders made a home in the ear. “They were walking on my eardrums,” said Jesse Courtney of Albany, Ore. One of the spiders was still alive after the doctor flushed the fourth-grader’s left ear canal. His mother, Diane Courtney, said her son insisted he kept hearing a faint popping in his ear – “like Rice Krispies.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!