Residents of a Sumatra Village in Indonesia lost hundreds of livestock. They believed a “bloodsucking creature” called palasik committed not the crime.
The palasik in the Indonesian folklore is a flying creature consisting of a head with its spine and internal organs hanging underneath.
In late June this year, a creature attacked Pohan Tonga village in the North Tapanuli regency, killing hundreds of pigs, chickens, and ducks in the past few nights.
They said the palasik might have caused the incident. It roams at night to hunt for food like unborn fetuses or dead babies.
“The mysterious creature sucked the blood of our livestock to their deaths,” village chief Walben Siahaan said during an interview.
A villager shared his experience when he saw one of his dead pigs having multiple stab wounds to the neck, and a long incision to the abdomen.
The owner said it surprised him how the creature carried the 25kg-pig out of the enclosure to the riverbank nearby.
However, the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) said an animal of the civet family killed hundreds of livestock in the village.
Civet is a nocturnal and omnivorous mammal. But BKSDA official Teguh Setiawan said the killer was a larger, more terrifying species of civet.
“Some species are larger than 1 meter in length […] Don’t assume that it’s a small civet, some are large,” he said.
Currently, the BKSDA is still hunting the suspected civet.