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How vampire bats survive on drinking blood

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Vampire bats are probably not the cuddliest of critters, considering nearly their entire food source consists of blood.

But how these furry little mammals ended up guzzling blood has puzzled researchers, and a new analysis shows their very distinct gut bacteria might be a big part of the story.

There are three types of bats who solely drink blood, the common vampire bat(Desmodus rotundus), the hairy-legged vampire bat (Diphylla ecaudata), and the white-winged vampire bat (Diaemus youngi).


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