How we discovered the vampire bats that have learned to drink human blood

Doesn't look like much of a threat, does he? Gerry Carter/Wikimedia, CC BY-SAEnrico Bernard, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

What's for dinner? For some Brazilian vampire bats, these days it's human blood.

That's the surprising outcome of my research, recently published in the Acta Chiropterologica journal, which revealed that the hairy-legged vampire bat of Pernambuco, Brazil, has developed an appetite for human blood over that of other possible prey.

This finding upends all the...

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