Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bats

BY MEGAN COLE

While most of the world sleeps, vampire bats come out from caves, tree hollows, and abandoned buildings in Mexico and Central and South America. These small mammals drink the blood of other animals for survival. They feed on blood from pigs, horses, cows, and birds. These bats make a small cut with their teeth and then suck up the flowing blood with their tongue. They are so light; they are able to suck the blood from an animal for up to 30 minutes without waking it up. Vampire bats do not only fly, but they can walk, run, and jump. These mammals will die if they don’t feed two nights in a row. Well-fed bats are willing to share blood in exchange for grooming. After a baby is born, other bats have been seen feeding the bats for about two weeks after the birth. Vampire bites aren’t exactly scary though. They can actually be friendly to humans. Bat bites aren’t harmful, but they can easily spread disease called rabies.

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