I went for the rude awakening on this theme for this weeks WPC – Awakening. Mainly because it’s essentially still winter in Colorado. Sure, it was 60 degrees and sunny today, but I fear we will get a 5 foot snow storm in the coming weeks. I don’t have a garden and things are barely blooming around town.
Ok, so here goes. Last summer I went to Borneo, Malaysia for two weeks. One of our packing list items was a pair of leech sox. Who has a pair of those hanging around? No-one with any fashion sense (they were cheap to buy in Borneo). These sox are so tightly woven, leeches cannot penetrate the fabric. They also warned not to wear pants with zip off legs because they can inch their way through the tiny teeth of the zippers.
I didn’t believe it – I thought – no friggen’ way can they get through zippers. But it was true. Disgustingly so. Those little buggers look like super skinny nails when not engorged….and when they are done feasting they blow up to about 1.4 inches or 4 cm.
This image below is a macro version of tiger leech we came across in the Danum Valley (image taken by John Mittan – our guide). They sit on leaves and lie in wait until something walks by. As soon as they get a whiff of you, they jump and then wiggle their way into strange places! UGH.
There were 10 people on our trip – all but 2 of us got attacked – I did not – thankfully. Probably because I was obsessively checking my body parts. They landed on arms, necks, stomachs, and crawled through pant zippers. It was a rude awakening these things even exist, much less are able to crawl through zippers!!!
For those of you who live in climates where these creatures exist, bless you. I am truly disturbed by their existence! LOL.
Have you ever been “attacked” by a leech??