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Leeches, too

Posted Jan 18 2009 1:24am



Continuing to ease this blog back into the medical world, here's more about Sri Lanka. I include a report of my visit to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, a truly unspoiled region in the southern part of the country. There was lots of wildlife, including this millipede, a hump-nose lizard, a colony of poisonous caterpillars gathered on a tree, and many pretty waterfalls, including the one below called Kakuna Ella.

And then there were the leeches. They lay on the forest floor and propel themselves onto your shoes and ankles as you walk by. If you slow down to knock them off, more join in. Meanwhile, the early arrivals travel upwards to, shall we say, the warmer areas.

So by the time you get home and take off your shoes, you discover blood covered toes and ankles, where the satiated leeches have either dropped off or been crushed inadvertently.

My fellow blogger Ramona Bates discusses the current use of leeches by the medical profession.

For my part, I didn't detect any lasting damage, but I did have a craving for protein after the hike . . .
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