April 5, 2004

Call Buffy. Bring Clothespins.

Who says those cute little vampire bats are harmless?

Bites from rabies-carrying vampire bats killed 13 people in a north-eastern Brazilian state last month, the health ministry said on Friday. - Vampire bats on attack in Brazil (BBC News)

We’ve got rabid skunks in our town. Rabid skunks are bad. Rabid bats are bad. But imagine how bad it would be to have rabid flying skunks. Any flying skunks would be a real bummer, now that I think of it.

Posted by James at April 5, 2004 12:11 PM
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i think i've seen flying skunks, but i may have been intoxicated at the time. btw, i really can't believe how disturbing that picture is.

Posted by: ryan at April 5, 2004 12:16 PM

Please remember that the little brown bat one sees flying around one's home at night is really a friend. They're not dangerous to people, only to bugs.

So many people have the wrong idea about bats, I am compelled to balance the info here, lest people lump all bats together.

From Mass Audubon: (http://www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/wildlife.php?subject=Mammals&id=20)

"Bats consume thousands of nocturnal flying insects including mosquitoes, moths, and beetles, making them a more efficient insect control than birds or bug zappers. Dr. Thomas Kunz, a bat researcher at Boston University, estimates that the bats living within Route 128 eat 13 tons of insects each summer."

Posted by: Patti M. at April 5, 2004 2:27 PM

Vampire bats are harmless to humans, too. Unless they're rabid. Any rabid animal is a danger, and you can't assume that wild animals aren't rabid -- so steer clear of wild animals.

Also, these bats are in Brazil, which is far away from where we live. :)

Posted by: James at April 5, 2004 3:02 PM

Thank you for being super clear. I've got my regulatory hat on tight today, which accounts for my wish to throw balancing information into everything.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 5, 2004 3:32 PM

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