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‘Bloody’ good look­ing and in­ter­est­ing pa­per [last] week. But the high drama item about the tanker that al­most be­came ‘en­gorged’ needed a wee bit more back­ground – there was no ex­pla­na­tion about the cargo – 6000 litres of an­i­mal blood. What kind of busi­ness needs this? What kind of an­i­mals are sub­jected to the blood suck­ers, and can you pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about any other rel­e­vant cir­cum­stances? I’m sure there must be a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of blood­thirsty Drac­ula read­ers dy­ing (al­most lit­er­ally) to know more. I spec­u­late fur­ther – might Scot­tish Black Pud­ding ad­dicts sub­se­quently be at risk of ob­tain­ing their fix? Gor­don McShean Palmer­ston North

Gor­don, No, but gar­den­ers and grow­ers could feel the pain. The blood, from an an­i­mal slaugh­ter­house, is an in­gre­di­ent in blood and bone fer­tiliser, and was bound for a fer­tiliser works in Hawkes Bay. To our knowl­edge there is no se­cret ‘wampyri­cal blode banc’ or covert east coast crypt of Taika Waititi acolytes ea­gerly await­ing to draw on such a de­posit.

– Richard

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Blood trans­porter tanks in the gorge.

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