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Bunter
151943.  Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:53 am Reply with quote

(Flash posted this in the DVD bag...I'm sure he meant to put it in the series stuff)...

Eggshaped posted this at post 141581, but it'd be excellent Gen Ig for our purposes:

Q: Where are you most likely to get bitten by a vampire?
F: the neck, the throat, Transylvania
A: the big toe

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Firstly while vampire bats will drink human blood, they much prefer to target larger, slower moving animals such as cows. Secondly they do not suck blood: vampire bats bite into their prey, causing blood to flow which they then lap up like a cat. And finally they do not swoop down to their victims; the bats will land a couple of feet away from their meal before hopping and crawling over to the animal on all fours.

Strangely enough, if you are unlucky enough to be bitten by a vampire bat, the most likely part of your body to be targeted is your big-toe. Itís also pretty unlikely that you will notice the bite, vampire bats lick the skin before penetrating it, and their saliva contains both an anti-coagulant which keeps the blood flowing and an anaesthetic which hides the pain from the bite. A drug developed from the anti-coagulant, appropriately called draculin, is used to treat heart attacks and strokes by thinning the blood.

As well as helping humankind, vampire bats show a great deal of kindness to their fellow bat. Common vampire bats cannot last more than a couple of days without a meal and unsuccessful forays are relatively common, so they often have to rely on gifts from their friends. A hungry vampire bat will meet another face-to-face and begin begging for a meal, grooming the more successful animal. Eventually the grateful bat will receive a regurgitated meal, safe in the knowledge that he will soon repay the favour.

The Chamorro people of Guam, an Island in the Pacific Ocean, are one of the only populations in the world to prize bats as a delicacy; one popular recipe is bat in coconut cream. Sadly the Chamorro also suffer an incredibly high incidence of a certain disease which combines the symptoms of Parkinson's and motor neurone disease (known to the locals as lytico-bodig). It seems that this may be linked to their unusual diet. The seeds of cycad plants, common on Guam, contain highly toxic chemicals which are eaten in abundance by the bats; it is thought that they pass on the deadly poisons to the feasting humans.

 

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