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Vampire Bats Survive by Only Eating Blood—Now We Know How

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Vampire Bats Survive by Only Eating Blood—Now We Know How

Vampire bats can quaff the finest A-positive blood vintage, thanks to a little help from their digestive friends. In a new study, researchers analyzed the DNA and microbiome of three species of vampire bat, the only obligate blood-eating mammals (aka sanguivores) in the world. Their results revealed that gut bacteria are key to the bats' ability to survive on the vital red liquid. It seems that these gut critters evolved to help the bats live on blood meals, says study leader Marie Lisandra Zepeda Mendoza, a geneticist at the University of Copenhagen. The "holistic" study, which examined both the microbiota...

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Thousands of flying foxes are 'boiled alive,' freaking people out as they fall from the sky

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Thousands of flying foxes are 'boiled alive,' freaking people out as they fall from the sky

As the Northern Hemisphere starts to thaw from a record-breaking cold, the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing an exceptional heat wave, causing some bats to be “boiled” alive. According to The Sun, flying foxes (otherwise known as fruit bats) were seen falling from trees near Sydney, Australia, despite the best efforts of animal welfare volunteers. The volunteers were able to save the lives of hundreds of babies and some adults, but the loss of life was far greater. “The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking,” a spokesman for the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in...

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