Nature's Real Vampires

Nature's Real Vampires

10 Animals That Want to Suck Your Blood.

By Simone M. Scully
Published: 10/14/2013

This story has been changed to reflect the fact that more than one species of bird drinks blood.

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Simone M. Scully

Simone M. Scully is a reporter at Audubon Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @ScullySimone

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I beg to disagree with you

I beg to disagree with you sir. Using night vision binoculars,I have personally observed vampire bats feed on cattle and donkeys in southern Tamualipas state, about 250 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.

When the man was bitten in

When the man was bitten in Mexico, he was in North America.

I completely agree. I would

I completely agree. I would just like to add that I've read vampire bats rarely come into contact with people. They target livestock and other large animals--not people.

No where does the segment on

No where does the segment on vampire bats even suggest someone dying or North America. It does a very good job of relating the facts about the animal. The only place where it even suggests that there are any risks is where the author says that the wounds are susceptible to infection.

The causative agent of Chagas

The causative agent of Chagas disease is a protozoan, not a bacterium. It is caused by the kinetoplastid parasite Trypanosoma cruzi.

Also, It should be noted that only a very small set of highly specialized assassin bugs can feed on vertebrate blood. The assassin bugs common in people's gardens and back yards cannot consume blood and, thus, cannot spread T. cruzi. These common assassin bugs may, however, puncture human skin with a "bite" as a defense mechanism.

Information on distinguishing predatory assassin bugs from blood-sucking, "kissing bugs" can be found on the CDC's website.

As for Lampreys, It would

As for Lampreys, It would have been nice to include that for the largest part of their life cycle they clean our rivers. This fact is usually removed from dialog because chemical companies dislike stakeholders making informed decisions. As larvae, for 3-7 years, all lampreys are filter feeders burrowed in stream sediment. "Lampricide" the chemical that is used to kill Sea lampreys also kills native species lampreys. On the west coast, the USFWS and Coastal Fisheries organizations are trying to save lampreys because they are the oldest migratory fish alive on the planet and as the USFWS has announced "you cannot save salmon without saving lampreys". The US is shooting itself in the foot by chemically poisoning our drinking water just because of irrational fears (and the Fishing Industry/chemical industry's powerful special interests). Lampreys help rivers. The sea lamprey research is outdated and much is incorrect propaganda. We cannot save our rivers without the lamprey that can uptake toxins.

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