"Vampire bats must feast on fresh blood"
July 20, 2009 10:02 AM   Subscribe

Vampire Bats Biting People.

They just need to feed their babies like anyone else.
posted by Burhanistan (29 comments total)

 
One thing I never could stand about Peru. All the damn vampires.
posted by hifiparasol at 10:06 AM on July 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


DO NOT W...*looks at babies photo*...awwww, here's my neck, little guy. Help yourself!
posted by DU at 10:07 AM on July 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Obligatory Wesley Willis tribute
posted by xthlc at 10:09 AM on July 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


Vampire Bats Biting People (In Peru)
posted by poppo at 10:10 AM on July 20, 2009


Sookie sookie soookie sookie sookie. Sookie.

Sookie.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:19 AM on July 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


Yes, yes, True Blood on HBO. We get it.

Also: no one got bit in that video. I'm very disappointed.
posted by GuyZero at 10:32 AM on July 20, 2009


Today is bat-themed for me. I just got back from teaching Nagel's "What Is It Like To Be a Bat?" to my intro philosophy class while wearing a Batlorean T-shirt. I still hate the little fuckers.
posted by painquale at 10:33 AM on July 20, 2009


The unedited transcript is YELLING AT ME. RUN!
posted by glaucon at 10:33 AM on July 20, 2009


Bats totally rule. If one bited me, I would not swat it, I would pat it on its weird wrinkly widdle head and wish it well.
posted by Mister_A at 10:43 AM on July 20, 2009 [7 favorites]


Nagel's "What Is It Like To Be a Bat?"

I did a double take in the children's library this weekend because I thought I saw a picture book version of this. Turned out to be What Is It Like To Be A Cat? and didn't seem to express any awareness of the philosophy classic. Gave me a great idea for a book, though.
posted by DU at 10:44 AM on July 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Are the pictures gross?
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 10:47 AM on July 20, 2009


Bats totally rule. If one bited me, I would not swat it, I would pat it on its weird wrinkly widdle head and wish it well.

Lolbats. Not quite what you might expect.
posted by yoink at 10:52 AM on July 20, 2009


Dude, DU that would be the best kids book ever. Nagel would probably laugh himself silly at the idea.

As to the article - From what I understand the bite is mostly painless, but bleeds like mad. Meh, yeah, I'd let one bite me.
posted by strixus at 10:55 AM on July 20, 2009


OMG! I would never let a bat bite me! Diseased much? What if the bat had just bitten someone else?! It would be just like sharing a needle with someone... different! I might catch Republicanism!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:40 AM on July 20, 2009


No batbiteinsane tag?
posted by Ron Thanagar at 11:59 AM on July 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


There are several children's books about bats, but none that I know of featuring vampires.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:17 PM on July 20, 2009


There are several children's books about bats, but none that I know of featuring vampires.


Ahem

posted by The Whelk at 12:22 PM on July 20, 2009


Are the pictures gross?

If you find adowable widdle snuggly wugglies gross, then yes.
posted by hifiparasol at 12:37 PM on July 20, 2009


When I was bit by a bat (on the toe), I was disappointed that it didn't leave two perfect little puncture marks. I drew some on with a red pen.

There are several children's books about bats, but none that I know of featuring vampires.

Bunnicula!
posted by painquale at 12:38 PM on July 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


I was bit by a vampire bat in Peru when I was collecting dissertation data there in the early 90s. I was bit in the toe at night. I was at a very remote field site and chose not to return to Cuzco to check for rabies... I was young and foolish. I don't think I would make the same decision today.
posted by ALvard at 12:39 PM on July 20, 2009


Did you die?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:41 PM on July 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


MOST VICTIMS NEVER FEEL A THING AND THE BITE ITSELF IS SUPERFICIAL.

Some even crave it, seeking out the illicit thrill of being pursued by a creature of the night. They will surreptitiously track down the lairs from which these mythical creatures feed, laying themselves before their dark lords with the ultimate sacrifice of their own life's blood, hoping it will be enough that they will be looked upon with favor enough to be brought over themselves.

Then they notice that there is an awful lot of poop and WTF? BATS? GROSS! RUN AWAY!
posted by quin at 12:43 PM on July 20, 2009


Two bit-on-the-toe stories posted at the same time!

Did you die?

I undied.
posted by painquale at 12:43 PM on July 20, 2009


All caps article is serious.
posted by Iron Rat at 1:22 PM on July 20, 2009


Kirth Gerson: "There are several children's books about bats, but none that I know of featuring vampires."

Well, at least here in Germany there's the children-and-young-adults series of "Der kleine Vampir" books.

And I'd say I'd let a vampire bat bite me in theory, but in reality I guess fear of rabies would override that. As anyone who has seen It Lives by Night (MST3K version) will confirm, that is one disease even mellow ski-bums can't cure!
posted by PontifexPrimus at 2:31 PM on July 20, 2009


Note to self, cancel trip to Peru.
posted by dov3 at 4:39 PM on July 20, 2009


The Whelk, I looked at your linked page. The word 'bat' is not on it. Ahem.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:07 PM on July 20, 2009


"Assault weapons have gotten a lot of bad press lately but they're manufactured for a reason; to take out today's modern super-animals, such as the flying squirrel and the electric eel vampire bat."
posted by tastydonuts at 11:22 PM on July 20, 2009


There are several children's books about bats, but none that I know of featuring vampires

The Children's Illustrated Classics Version of Dracula. I actually owned this as a very small child. And my family wondered why I wouldn't sleep with the windows open...
posted by fshgrl at 9:20 AM on July 21, 2009


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