Emerging from the rainforest in Sepilok in the east Malaysian state of Sabah, I congratulated myself on escaping from the clutches of the leeches.
But the moment I stepped into the orang-utan rehabilitation centre, four leeches launched themselves onto my feet, leg and even backside.
Panicking at the thought of my life ebbing away, I pulled them out forcibly. For the next half hour, my feet and legs continued to bleed. Only my backside escaped unscathed as I was able to flick it away in the nick of time.