A MAN undergoing a bizarre skin-cleansing ritual involving live eels was in agony when one of the fish managed to work its way into his penis.
Zhang Nan, 56, hoped the eels would nibble away at his dead skin cells – in the same way fashionable western spas offer treatments where fish nibble away dead skin on the feet.
But minutes after climbing into the eel bath at the spa in Honghu, Hubei province he felt a sharp pain and realised a small eel was working its way up his urethra and into his bladder.
He said: “I climbed into the bath and I could feel the eels nibbling my body. But then suddenly I felt a severe pain and realised a small eel had gone into the end of my penis.
“I tried to hold it and take it out, but the eel was too slippery to be held and it disappeared up my penis.”
He was treated in hospital where medics carried out a three hour operation to remove the six-inch eel.
Surgeon Jin Wang said: “The diameter of the urethra in a man's penis is just a little narrower, but because eels are quite slippery, its body worked as a lubricant and so it got into the penis smoothly.”