Today I went trekking through the rainforest in Borneo’s Danum Valley hunting for orangutans with my camera. About ten minutes into the hike it was clear I was the one being hunted, and rather successfully. The leeches, which were everywhere, were celebrating and shouting, “Fresh meat coming through.” I lost count after pulling at least 20 of them off my clothes and body. My guide Ben spotted one on my neck and yelled,”there’s a there’s a blood sucking leech going for your jugular.” Some of the sarcastic among you may be asking, “Boyd what was my ex doing in Borneo?, but this was in fact a tiger leech. In the photo you can see the blood continued to flow after the leech was removed.
When I got back to the room, I found one last leech hiding under my shirt. After pulling him off, the bleeding continued for another 3 hours. I had to gaffer tape a half a roll of toilet paper to the wound to absorb all the blood, but I did earn my official Danum Valley blood donor certificate as a result. I’ll leave it to your imagination to guess which part of my body this is in the photo.