10 stomachs, 32 brains and 18 testicles - a day inside the UK's only leech farm
5 monthes ago - By The Guardian
They were once used to treat everything from headaches to strangulation, and leeches are still a vital part of surgery. But how are they farmed? Six seconds. Perhaps 10. Twelve, if it is cautious or dopey. After that, the jaws will activate, the hundreds of teeth will engage, the leech will begin to eat, and its meal is your blood. Are you wading through a tropical pond in fierce humidity? Have you returned to your guesthouse to find with horror a passenger on your leg? Possibly. But you are equally likely to be in a sterile room of a modern hospital, tended by nurses who attach these...
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