The first is a picture I took of a hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata) from a cave in Mexico. The second picture shows a group of common vampires (Desmodus rotundus) at the Organization for Bat Conservation in Michigan. The photo is black and white because it was shot using infrared light. The bracelets on the arms … Continue reading What are those photos in the header?
To get the full story on vampire bat food sharing, you can read Jerry Wilkinson's popular article in Scientific American or his original paper in Nature. For a quick intro, David Attenborough covered the topic nicely too: Here is our own footage from common vampires: and white-winged vampires: Finally, there's a Radiolab episode featuring an interview with Jerry … Continue reading Vampire bat food sharing: the backstory