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Man Keeps A Giant LEECH As A Pet… And Lets It Drink His Blood

They say the cost of keeping a pet can bleed you dry. But one man's devotion to his giant leech means he feeds it his own blood when it ...

They say the cost of keeping a pet can bleed you dry.

But one man's devotion to his giant leech means he feeds it his own blood when it feels peckish.

A stomach-churning video of the bloodsucking parasite drinking from the man's forearm has been spared online.

Man Keeps A Giant LEECH As A Pet… And Lets It Drink His Blood

They say the cost of keeping a pet can bleed you dry.

But one man's devotion to his giant leech means he feeds it his own blood when it feels peckish.

A stomach-churning video of the bloodsucking parasite drinking from the man's forearm has been spared online.


Not for the squeamish, it shows the bloated leech - which is as long as the unidentified man's arm - sucking from a counter as the man calmly films it in the dark, using a spotlight.

It is not known where the leech-lover and his adoring pet live, but it is thought the film was shot in Japan.

Leeches grow bigger with the amount of blood they consume, with some able to grow as long as 16 inches.

In October last year the MailOnline reported how backpacker Daniela Liverani discovered a three-inch-long leech had been living in her nose for a month, causing persistent nosebleeds.

Daniela said she had 'no idea' how the leech came to be in her nose, but thinks it made its home while she was travelling around south-east Asia.

While leeches aren't commonly kept as pets, they have been used in medicine since for 2,500 years, first being used in ancient Egypt.

Doctors believed that 'bloodletting' using the parasites to suck 'excess' blood out of their patients would help purify the body, and used it to treat a range of illnesses from tonsillitis to hemorrhoids.

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By Elaine O'flynn For Mailonline

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