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Vampire bats drinking donkey-blood straight from the vein

Some really interesting, maybe slightly disturbing, footage which may explain why some people are viscerally repelled by bats (fear of bats is called "chiroptophobia", FYI).

This appears to be Bat Week for me, with at least one other bat-related video (which I find to be rare and interesting) which will be posted tomorrow.

The common vampire bat feeds primarily on mammalian blood, particularly that of livestock such as cattle and horses. Vampire bats feed on wild prey like the tapir, but seem to prefer domesticated animals, and favor horses over cattle when given the choice. Female animals, particularly those in estrus, are more often targeted than males. This could be because of the hormones.

Vampire bats hunt at night, using echolocation and olfaction to track down prey. They feed in a distance of 5 to 8 kilometers (3.1 to 5.0 mi) from their roost, and leave in an or

Added: Aug-3-2012 Occurred On: Aug-3-2012
By: bgwrkr
Tags: common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, donkey, pig, blood feeder, parasite, mexico
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