Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tiger Leeches (Terrestrial!)
It is interesting how when you or someone in your group gets leeches, you get hypersensitive and every little thing freaks you out as being a leech. I am sure to live there you have to get over it. Everytime I found one on my hand I felt like there were more. For women, there is the additional complication that if you have to, at some point, eliminate all that water you have been drinking while hiking in the humidity, you put delicate parts very near the forest floor, and risk attachments of leeches in areas you dare not dream about! I met two 80 year old ladies who were birdwatching in Madagascar when they unfortunately got leeches in their private parts, a tale that horrified me so much I vowed to never, ever pee in a forest with terrestrial leeches! (Men have it so easy on that front!) This trip, one girl in my group got a leech in her bra and one on her butt. Ug!!! I know I can't avoid them forever...but I do hope to keep them out of certain areas forever!!!