The Crime-Fighting Leech

David Cassuto

Viktor Korotayev / Reuters File

Viktor Korotayev / Reuters File

In case anyone was thinking that animal law is always depressing, here‘s a story about a leech that cracked a cold case in Tasmania.  8 years ago, a 71 year-old woman had her home invaded and was beaten and robbed.  An engorged leech was found at the scene.  Samples of the DNA from the blood in the leech were added to the police database.  When Peter Alec Cannon was picked up for another offense and his DNA cross-checked — voila!  He pleaded guilty to robbery last Monday.

A feel-good story about a leech.  Truly, a banner week.