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Using soldier ants to stitch a wound in Africa.

Holding the edges of the cut together, a healer places a number of ants directly on the wound. Instinctively the insects bite down directly onto the flesh and lock their jaws, sealing the cut like a medical suture. 

The healer then cuts off the thoraxes and tails of the ants. The jaws remain in the skin for several days until the area is healed. Though the procedure is still being observed on the continent, it is slowly disappearing with the proliferation of hospitals and clinics.