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Vampire bats

Hi guys, how are you?

Today I want to talk about a “funny” animal. October 31st, as you all know,  is Halloween,  the night of witches, vampires and bats.

Well, I want to tell you  about   bats. A lot of people hate bats because everyone thinks they are ugly and that they bring diseases. Bats have also been seen as synonymous with evil, however I love this ”funny” animal, because in main opinion they are among the most perfect mammals, apart from the fact that they are also the only mammals that can fly!

There are different types of bats, according to what  they feed on, in fact we can find insectivorous bats, fruit bats, fish-eating bats and vampire bats .

Strangely enough,  I love vampire bats a lot, in fact these bats, in addition to flying, are the only mammals that feed on blood. They typically live in colonies of about 100 animals, but sometimes they live in groups of 1,000 or more. In one year, a 100-member bat colony can drink the blood of 25 cows!

Common vampire bats go hunting during the night. As soon as they see a victim, they  land near it and approach their prey stealthily. Bats have a  few teeth because of their liquid diet, but those they have are sharp as a razor! Each bat has a heat sensor on its nose that points toward the spot on the victim where warm blood is flowing just beneath its skin. After biting an animal, the vampire bat licks up the first drops of blood with its tongue, as its saliva prevents blood from clotting, so that the vampire can eat.

Did you know? Young vampire bats don’t feed on blood, but on… milk!!! They cling tightly to their mothers, even in flight, and consume nothing but her milk for about three months.

The common vampire bat can be found in Mexico, Central America and South America, so it seems we’re safe, for now 😉

Don’t you think that bats are beautiful and funny animals, too?

 P.s. It is not true that bats get  entangled in your  hair! 😉

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