There are many different types of people — and, therefore, there are also many different types of pets.
Leeches, for instance, while perhaps an underdog kind of pet, are still viewed by some people as a perfectly suitable companions, bloodthirstiness notwithstanding.
And just like an unwanted dog or cat, pet leeches can also be abandoned. That’s exactly what happened to three leeches now named Buffy, Angel and Spike.
Last April, a small tank was left just outside Animed Vet Surgery in Kent, England.
“The three real-life ‘vampires’ were found in a tank on the vet’s doorstep, with nothing but a note that read: ‘Sorry, can’t look after them anymore,’” the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) wrote in a press release.
Luckily for Buffy, Angel and Spike, a man named Dave Clarke happened to live in Kent and heard of the trio’s homelessness. Clarke is a keeper at the ZSL’s London Zoo in Regent’s Park, and decided to invite the leeches to live at the zoo.
“Leeches may not have the broad appeal of other more charismatic animals, but they’re incredible ambassadors for the amazing — and more gruesome — abilities of the natural world,” Clarke said.
Soon the rehomed little suckers will join the other leeches in the bugs exhibit. For now they’re getting used to their new home at the zoo together, which the vampire-like creatures precipitously found just in time for Halloween.
“We’re glad to be able to give these three leeches a home — just in time for the most gruesome night of the year!” Clarke, who is fascinated by nature’s little vampires, said. “Leeches are surprisingly efficient … They have three jaws with over 100 tiny sharp teeth on each, which they use to latch onto their food sources. Ducts in between the teeth release both an anaesthetic and a harmless anticoagulant to keep the blood flowing, so they can feed quickly and painlessly from their hosts.”
Source: The Dodo