Ladies and gentlemen of /an/, Vlad the leech has passed on.I'm not entirely sure how or why it happened. He was fine when I checked on him this morning, but I found him stiff and motionless in his bowl about an hour ago.It was an interesting experience keeping him around in my room (especially the feedings), but I suppose everything has to come to an end eventually. I honestly didn't think he'd last as long has he did, which was just over a year now. I probably won't be trying this again in the future, but looking back, I'm glad that I did. It truly helped me get over my fear of leeches and realize that they're really not so bad. And I hope that I've changed your outlook on leeches, too. They're really cool creatures!Thanks for allowing me to share my story with you all.
I haven't been on /an/ long enough to know the story, but I do know you and Vlad are famous on /an/. Sorry he passed on.By the way, this guy was looking for you a couple days ago: >>1464305
http://www.leeches.biz/care-leeches.htmhttp://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Hirudinea/these sites claim some leeches can live a few years, maybe up to ten. but that they are sensitive as fuck to the environment, and stupid fuckers as they can die from just overeating.
>>1466049>removing bruises with leechesI've never heard of anything like that, so I don't know if it would even work.Also, unless you have a lot of leeches on hand, it's not really feasible. They can go a LONG time between meals, and a leech won't bite unless it's hungry. Also, getting bit that many times so frequently might be bad for you. Leech bites are like bee stings, and can cause anaphylactic shock.
>>1466043Shit, I didn't know you were scared of them. Then again, I usually bypass these threads because they gross me outDoes it hurt when they bite?
>>1466060>you were scared of themI was TERRIFIED of them. Growing up, if I saw them in the water, I'd freak out. And if I saw them on me, I'd just lose my shit completely. Not anymore. I've had one or two on me since in found Vlad and I just shrugged it off and let them feed.>Does it hurt when they bite?No, not at all. That's what makes them such effective hunters. You feel nothing at all.
Q.Q This is the weirdest thing to ever make me sad. I remember your first post awhile back and a few of them through out. Pretty cool stuff.
>>1466074Don't be sad, I don't even know the story, but I'm betting that leech had one awesome leech life.
>>1466085>don't even know the storyDude found a leech, tried to get over fears, let it feed, kept it as a pet, posted on /an/.That about sums it up. This is a compilation from the first thread. Feeding took about an hour.
Nooooooooooooo, Vlad. :( I've been browsing /an/ since you first posted about Vlad, I don't know how long it's been, but I know it's been a long time. I'm sorry to hear he passed.
>>1466043RIP in peace, Vlad. You'll ever be part of /an/'s history... A histori/an/.;_;
vlad's legacy will not be forgotten
>>1466055http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leech_collectorOP will be fine.
>>1466122I-was that bread?
RIP Vlad. You were a pretty cool leech.
I'm so sorry OP. I always enjoyed your stories about Vlad. I was even there for the first thread. He was a happy leech, and you gave him a wonderful life.RIPIP
Damn... sad to hear it op, I was terrified of leaches too, Vlad got me into actually researching them a little. He will be missed greatly.
VLAD, NOOOO ;_;Thank you for the update, OP, albeit a sad one. He shall be forever remembered, alongside such other beloved /an/ martyrs such as Spacebat and Zombie Jim.
Awww I'm sorry to hear that, thank you for sharing us your experience and Vlad!
you are over your fear of having one leech on you in a controlled environment, go for a dip in leech infested water and when you come out and there are 20 on you in every crevice on your body I guarantee you will have a panic attack as you frantically try to pull them off your body while they suck you dry
>be here the day you made the first threadAnd now I randomly decide to check /an/ and find this.
>>1466325People are seriously afraid of leeches? There is no way they could ever drain you of blood, even 10 of them. You'd have to be very ignorant or of weak mental fortitude to think that. Just remove them like you would a tick. I bet you people think ticks could drain you of all your blood too. I mean ticks can give you diseases but leeches can't. Why are you so afraid of them?
>>1466325>>1466370Jeff Corwin once got a leech right on the inside of his thigh, literally next to his ballsack.He just pulled his shorts up enough to show the camera it and then let the sucker feed until it fell off.
ripip Vlad, I truly found your tales interesting
>>1466122>>1466122Am I weird or does that look really good? What is that?
Only casually browse /an/, and haven't been doing it for long.What is this all about? Some dude with a pet leech?
>>1466671>year or so back guy gets leech on him>posts on /an/ and decides to keep it as a pet and names it Vlad>provides updates every few months>Vlad is now deadRIP in peace ;_;
>>1466128>>1466442Looks like a trendy green enriched tortilla wrapped around scrambled eggs.
Wow I don't want to believe it. It's been so long. ;_; RIP, thanks for sharing his life and your experiences with him with us, OP.
RIP Vlad - You will not be forgotten.
OP of >>1464305 thread. Thanks for answering, I was curious as to what your input would be regarding the subject.So sorry to hear about Vlad. Thanks for sharing the experience with us; it's certainly not something you see every day!
Only on /an/ do you find people mourning the death of a parasitic organism.Not sure what to think...
So sorry to here about Vlad OP. I still remember the night you first posted. He was a great leach.
Oh man.I've been keeping up with Vlad for a while now, I don't know if I've missed a thread.Most leeches pulled my blood stream, but Vlad...Vlad pulled my heart strings.RIP Vlad, you were a phenomenal ambassador for your kind.
Oh man, I don't really browse /an/ much but I always loved catching a Vlad thread. Warmed my heart. Sorry about your loss, man. He was a good leech.
>>1467227>Most leeches pulled my blood stream, >but Vlad...Vlad pulled my heart strings.That's beautiful
that sucks man, vlad was cool as shit
>>1466043sorry to hear that, man. I'm guessing he led a pretty full life for an annelid.
Farewell and suck in peace, Vlad. Thanks for sharing this adventure with us OP. If I ever find a leech stuck on me I may adopt it too.
oh no. I was following you and Vlad from the beginning, he was so cute when he got all fat. I'm sorry OP. Vlad was about as good a leech as a person could find. I can only imagine that in his tiny leech brain-bits he felt as close to happiness as something of his size and brain power could feel, and when you get right down to it, that is more than any of us could really ever hope for. RIPIP Vlad, you were super cute and brightened my day many times over.