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The baby vampire bat is cute.

I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte

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The baby vampire bat is cute.

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AGREE damnit.
or her cousins will beat you up.
  • I just saw the caption under the pic in the link. I live in Jalisco. Those bats are quite common here and a threat to cattle but we never heard they attacked people... Bees and wasps on the other hand... *shudder* Nasty vicious little creatures.
    • Brief preaching about vampire bats. Forgive me.

      I'm a big fan of chiroptera, so I admit I'm extremely biased about them.

      They seem to be getting more avid about attacking stuff you wouldn't normally expect, from all reports I've found. Are cattle farmers giving up on the area and taking away an easy foodsource? There has to be some reason for them to be picking a hard target, preywise.
      They are vicious little creatures, it's true. Their saliva glands also produces some of the most powerful anticoagulants known to mankind, which has produced remarkable strides in medical means of dealing with cardiac issues, as well as surgery: it's quite possible that I wouldn't be here without some of the research they prompted. Vampire bats are also a completely unique chunk of the mammal order, which subsists on a foodstuff that's plentiful- yet inedible to most mammals. There's a lot with them that we could learn- provided we don't screw up the planet so bad they're no longer there to learn from.

      • Re: Brief preaching about vampire bats. Forgive me.

        When I was a little kid the vampire bat exhibit was one of my favorate parts of the zoo. Right up there with the crocodile feeding!
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