Blood Sucking Leeches
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This listing is for one vial of several preserved leeches. These blood sucking nightmares come in a clear specimen vial with a black lid. The vial stands about 3.5 inches tall. The photos in this listing are an example of what your blood suckers will look like. (They are my stock photos.) I have several vials of these leeches up for grabs, so your blood suckers will look similar to these ones...and I promise they'll be just as creepy!
In reality, leeches are pretty awesome! Even though they may seem to have a sinister agenda, they have been used in medicine for many many years. Hundreds of years ago, leeches were used for bloodletting. "Bleeding" a person to health was modeled on the process of menstruation, which was then believed to "purge women of bad humors". Although this process of bloodletting is no longer practiced, leeches are still used in modern medicine. Today, leeches are used as tools in tissue grafts and reattachment surgery. Not only do they secrete anitcoagulants to prevent blood clots and relieve pressure due to pooling blood, but it appears that leech saliva has other therapeutic properties. Leech saliva helps reestablish blood flow to reattached body parts by means of a vasodilator, provides a numbing anesthetic, and lessens the risk of infection. So leeches are actually pretty freakin awesome!
This would make a great addition to a cabinet of curiosities or would be great for someone who collects medical oddities.
**As with all of my wet specimens, this specimen has been thoroughly preserved. The tissues have undergone fixation in formalin which prevents postmortem decay. This fixation process terminates any ongoing biochemical reactions so that the tissues won't rot or decay. Rest assured that this specimen has been professionally preserved by Asylum Artwork & Oddities.**
This item will be shipped WITHOUT liquid preservative due to shipping regulations, but will be secured in the jar with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts to protect it. You will have to add your own preservative (holding solution) to the jar when it arrives in the mail. Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) will work just fine as a holding solution (since it has already been thoroughly preserved in formalin), and it can be found at your local drug store or Walmart. I will help you with any questions you may have about what to do when it arrives, so just ask me!