Blood Suckers

C.'s muddy foot with a leech on it. This was taken after 3 hours of walking through the jungle.

Picture taken March 24, 2013
C’s muddy foot with a leech on it. This was taken after 3 hours of walking through the jungle.

Yes, Jambi is inundated with leeches, as well as small worms which do the same thing… suck blood. They refer to the larger leeches as lintah, and the very small worms as pacet, or pacat.

We (C. & P.) have had several experiences with these beautiful creatures of God, and they actually bring absolutely no lasting harm. The initial experience may be a bit disconcerting, but after that it’s just routine.

An Indonesian soldier told us that these creatures will also be on leaves, and will get on you as you brush against vegetation. He also told us that tobacco, mixed with water, and then rubbed on your legs, will keep them away.

Most palm oil and rubber farmers wear knee high rubber boots. This protects them from the leeches and cobras. They do not, however, protect from tiger bites, as one farmer discovered just a few weeks ago. That man jumped up into a tree to escape the tiger, but it bit his leg and ankle. That attack took place just across the river from where we live.

Same as the picture on the right.

Blown up view of the above right picture.

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