21 Apr

I’ve never really understood the fuss about leeches.  Sure, they drink your blood, but so do mossies, and at least leeches can’t kill you.  It doesn’t even really hurt when they bite you, because they inject you with a local anaesthetic.  One might even say that it’s quite cool to be bitten by a leech, a jungle badge of honour.  Or so I thought.

It’s true that they don’t really hurt, and that they can’t kill you.  But they are horrible.  They sort of sniff you out, or they would if they had noses, they can sense your body heat and they chase you.  Actually chase you.  They search out crevices in your skin and latch on, slimily.  As you walk, you can feel their slippery little bodies squirming between your toes.  When you pull them off, blood oozes thinly all over the forest floor and you are left with a bruise.

They’re kind of freaky.   But very Borneo.


4 Responses to “Leeches”

  1. The Moiderer 21/04/2011 at 1:52 pm #


  2. Chris Mosler 21/04/2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Bleurgh, bleurgh, bleurgh. Bleurgh.

  3. cartside 21/04/2011 at 11:50 pm #

    We found some in a river in Glasgow today. They were black. I’m still shuddering – the kids just brought them up and called them worms …

  4. Sally 24/04/2011 at 1:21 am #

    Just wanted to say congratulations and let you know that your blog has been nominated in the MAD Blog Awards for UK parent blogs.
    If you’d like to find out more about the awards and the prizes on offer, then head over to http://www.the-mads.com.
    We will be publishing details of all the nominees in all the categories on Monday morning, and nominations are open until 5pm that day – so if you’d like to take part, make sure you encourage all your friends, family and readers to keep nominating!
    Best of luck and well done on your nomination.
    The MAD Blog Awards

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