Hungry Vampire Bats

The vampire bat. Just the name strikes fear into the hearts of most of us. This one type of bat gives us a stereotypical illusion of all of the other bats out there. We fear that all bats want to swoop down out of the night and suck the blood from our veins. Not all bats do that, but is it really true that vampire bats might?

The answer to that might really be a great big scary YES! It supposedly wasn't that common for vampire bats to take human blood until recently, but it has become a problem in recent years in some places where these creatures can be found. This video doesn't show something quite as scary as that, but it does show several hungry vampire bats drinking the blood from a sleeping pig. It still sounds pretty scary, but it is also very interesting. So, go on. You know you want to watch.

This video was uploaded to YouTube on October 21, 2008 by National Geographic. They have plenty more nature videos if you follow the link. If you can't see it above, we also have a link to the YouTube page for this video.

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  1. What a great way to begin a day! Just kidding. Just a much bigger version of the mosquito, nothing to be freaked out about, unless its you from which they are getting blood.

  2. Do they go after humans regularly or just when they have rabies?

  3. Thanks, Ann and Bill, for your comments.

    @Country Mouse Studio -
    Thank you for your comment. I have read that they have been going after humans for the last few years when there isn't enough livestock for them to prey on. That is actually the reason for the rabies problem. Supposedly hundreds of humans have been bitten by normal relatively healthy vampire bats recently. And a too big amount of the bats in those groups have been rabid.


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