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Vampire bats 'socially distance' when sick

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Vampire bats "socially distance" when they are sick, a new study suggests.

Dozens of bats were captured from a hollow tree in Belize; some were injected with a substance that mimics the symptoms of a bacterial infection, while the other half got saline injections and were put in a control group.

Researchers tagged them with sensors and released them back into their tree to track their movements over several days.

The bats that were sick spent less time near others, associated with fewer group mates and were less social with the healthy animals.

https://news.sky.com/story/vampire-bats-socially-distance-when-they-are-sick-says-study-12115647

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.30.015545v1.full

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Essan

Proving that vampire bats are more socially responsible - and more intelligent - than arrogant, selfish, stupid, humans.  

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third_eye

I've seen stray dogs doing the same... 

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Abramelin

I wonder why they chose bats for the experiment.

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