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.