The Truth About the Vampire Bat
Timehri (British Guiana)
Natural History, Animal Behaviour, Nomenclature
Protests that 'the so-called vampire bat is a grossly-maligned creature' which is in reality 'a strict vegetarian when it is not eating insects'. While these relatively harmless creatures are both feared and persecuted because of their name, there are 'many blood-sucking bats which are objectionable enough to be called vampires, although, instead of bearing that name, they are called Desmodus rufus'.
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