Leech smuggler busted at Toronto airport

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/25/leech-smuggler-busted-at-toron.html

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Authorities became suspicious after noticing the passenger appeared both anemic and 50 pounds lighter at the end of the flight than when he boarded the plane.

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I do not get it.

It is Canada. You can buy leeches from bait shops for walleye fishing. It is like 3 bucks a dozen or something. Does he not know?

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It was for the local production of Stand By Me.

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Sounds like these were specific ones for medical use.

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Is that Wil Wheaton?

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Who knew? There are indeed specific medicinal species.

Interestingly, leech water is actually great fertilizer:

https://www.leech.com/pages/using-leeches-to-make-compost-leech-compost-tea

So the availability of non-medicinal breeds is probably the evidence against his claim. Unless that guy has, like, several large greenhouses worth of orchids.

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yes, one of his first big roles in Stand By Me, which was based on a Stephen King story called the body. It’s a great movie and has River Phoenix in it, too…

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Go to an inland lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Plenty of leeches for everyone. No shortage of ticks and mosquitoes too.

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Photo of his customer at left:

[yes, I know leeches have legit modern medical uses. So sue me.]

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Delicious!

LP too. First leech I ever found on me was near fife lake.

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What slime! I am glad they caught this blood-sucking parasite on humanity. Sheesh! What a leech.

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Roger Stone’s going to have to find another route, I guess.

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If these leeches are endangered then why wouldn’t they be trying to return them to their natural habitat? Maybe the deportation process for leeches would exceed their lifespan?

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tng-wil-wheaton-whatever-dude

Also, cool whhhip…

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Was never a fan of BBT…but this exchange/running gag on the show is pretty damn awesome…

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I never knew leeches were active swimmers till I lived in the UP. I always thought they hung out in the mud, or stayed attached to a log or something.

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Speaking of… start here and go through to Nov. 30th… It involves Wil Wheaton.