Great, now we have to worry about fireproof bloodsuckers!
Soaking a new shirt that was brought from a local market in detergent water for about 15 minutes, when washing the shirt, Ms. Phung was appalled to discover thousands of creatures like leeches crawling, growing and reproducing very quickly.
Many curious people flocked to Ms. Ngo Thi Kim Oanh’s house in Quang Hung hamlet, Hoa Quang Nam commune, Phu Hoa district, Phu Yen province, to see these “aliens.”
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Phung, 55, Oanh’s mother, said, on January 13, she bought the shirt at the Hanh Lam market.
Coming home, she soaked the shirt in soapy water for about 15 minutes. She then found several small white spots emerging on the cloth. She continued to soak it for a while and when washing the shirt she was appalled to discover thousands of creatures, looking like leeches, small as grains, crawling on the shirt.
“These creatures grew more and more and then laying eggs and reproducing very quickly,” Ms. Oanh said.
A new species of leech isn’t entirely out of the question. A previously undiscovered leech with teeth five times the length of any other known leech was found feeding on the mucous inside the nostril of a six year old boy in Peru in 1997. So the idea of an unknown species of leech being found in Vietnam that spawns and reaches maturity at a rapid rate doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch. However when Mr. Thi, Oanh’s father, tried to burn the creatures with kerosene and soaked them in herbicide they apparently still did not die and continued to reproduce!
A leech that is resistant to certain herbicides is plausible, but impervious to fire?
Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding areas of Vietnam have legitimately experienced an uncontrolled spike in the leech population, after a local business that had been breeding them for sale to China, closed down shop and released their inventory into the wild in 2011. That incident appears to have caused a massive panic, and has led to an explosion of leech related horror stories spread amongst the locals. In September of 2012, the Vietnam Dairy Association had to quash a rumor that leeches were being ground up and added to milk. Less than a month later, the Vietnamese Food Administration had to crush aseparate rumor that packages of a popular snack contained leech eggs
Did Ms. Phung’s fear and imagination get the best of her? Or did she really discover a new species of rapid growing, herbicide resistant, flameproof leech? Are they even leeches?