For the first time, filmmakers in the forests of Borneo's Mount Kinabalu have documented the so-repulsive-it's-captivating behavior of a large, red, worm-guzzling predator. While it remains unclassified by science, the animal is known to the area's tribespeople, fittingly, as the "Giant Red Leech."
Allow me to introduce this brief but unsettling clip, recently captured by BBC filmmakers for the new series 'Wonders of the Monsoon,' by stating the obvious: Nature can be gross. Some of us appreciate this fact more than others. Speaking as someone who maintains a steady diet of strange, violent, and/or noxious nature footage, it usually takes a special kind of grotesquery to make me squirm. With that in mind, be apprised that this 90-second clip of a Giant Red Leech consuming the entire 70-cm length of a plump, glistening, iridescent earthworm had me making this face pretty much the entire time.