Aug
13
2010

Rabid vampire bats attack 500 people in Peru

I am not bad! Only confused and hungry!: Think of Angel in season 3 of Buffy! I'm like that!
I am not bad! Only confused and hungry!: Think of Angel in season 3 of Buffy! I'm like that!Courtesy Desmodus
Holy moly!

Vampire bats have been attacking people living in the Amazon rainforest in Peru! And it turns out that the bats have rabies! 500 people have been attacked, and four people have died (all of the fatalities, tragically, have been kids).

The articles I found on the attacks don't make a link between the attacks and the rabies—it seems that some South American populations of vampire bats just have a higher incidence of rabies. (Bats, in general, have a relatively low incidence of the disease; only 0.5% of bats carry the virus.)

It's unusual for vampire bats to attack humans. Typically they will feed on the blood of sleeping animals, but if their prey species become scarce, they will sometimes turn to humans for food. According to the BBC article on the attacks, some experts believe that destruction of the bats habitat, and the ensuing scarcity of prey, have caused them to attack humans, or that the attacks are the result changing temperatures in the Peruvian Amazon in recent years.

In any case, I'd get prepared if I were y'all. Holy water, crosses, wooden stakes, and tennis rackets.

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Karen's picture
Karen says:

OMG! A BtVS reference.

In which case, we need to re-soul all of those bats. That'll teach them.

posted on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 8:57pm
Mia's picture
Mia says:

I completely agree. we need to save the bats!

posted on Sat, 10/23/2010 - 2:14pm
Pinky Price's picture
Pinky Price says:

wow!!! 500 people bats were 1 of my fav animals but now im not so sure!!!

posted on Tue, 12/28/2010 - 12:39pm
super dave s.d.'s picture
super dave s.d. says:

we need more bats in the city

posted on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:23pm
MORRIS's picture
MORRIS says:

Bats do not have the same type of souls that humans have and theefore they can not be resold. Once a bat dies he or she will not be able to go to heaven or hell they simply will not exist

posted on Sat, 08/14/2010 - 11:49am
your mom's picture
your mom says:

that is one nasty vampire dont ya think its pretty wierd

posted on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 12:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well its unlikely to be attacked by a vampire bat but still you can be attacked.

posted on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 8:43am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why would they try to attack you if they eat different animals than humans

posted on Fri, 11/26/2010 - 12:54pm
enrique miranda's picture
enrique miranda says:

why you so hungry

posted on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 6:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thats no edward cullen!!

posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 2:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool bat

posted on Sun, 02/06/2011 - 5:29pm
Ka'yace Cool's picture
Ka'yace Cool says:

Weird looking bat. And scary very very scary.

posted on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 4:39pm
Wickilliams's picture
Wickilliams says:

quit destroying bat's habitats!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 12/31/2013 - 12:59pm

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