In Japan officials from the Miyazaki Prefectural Government called a press conference to warn about a tick which carries thrombocytopenia syndrome. The disease has struck several residents and caused the death of one man.
But when an official tried to use tweezers to pick up the living blood-sucking, disease carrying beast, it demonstrated a serious survival skill: speed. It managed to scuttle off the table and to vanish.
A dramatic massive desperate search involving government officials and reporters followed, but they failed to recover the disgusting creature.
That night the press room was soaked with insecticide in a bid to stop the fanged beast which is feared to still be at large and seriously ticked off.
This reminds me of another true tick story.
I was visiting a friend who lived in the country with several dogs. During the visit he found and removed a tick from one of his dogs with tweezers. He laid the tweezers and the tick on a newspaper that was on a table in front of us while he continued to examine the dog for ticks.
In spite of having its exoskeleton seriously tweezed, it managed to scuttle off the newspaper onto the table.
I still have nightmares.