Can the blood sucking bats kill a man?By blood suck.

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you may be asking about vampire bats here. Vampires are all the rage right now with the very popular books and movies coming out so this leads to the portrayal of vampire bats very negatively.

Vampire bats actually rarely attack humans. They are very small and do not drink very much blood at all, maybe an ounce a night. In fact, they like to prey on animals such as cows, horses, deer, etc. They have very small little teeth and make a puncture into the skin of the animal, suck out a little bit of blood, and move on their merry way.

The problem with vampire bats is that they can carry the rabies virus so if a human is bitten by a vampire bat, they may contract rabies which can be deadly if not immediately treated.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Species of bats that are feeding with blood, from Peru, have increased the number of attacks on humans and the problem is the transmission of rabies.

While the rabies turn any creature into an aggressive one, in case of vampire bats, the symptoms are disorientation followed by muscle weakness and ultimately death.

Their bite is shallow so that victims do not realize that they were attacked. Along with the bringing of cattle in Peru,as about 500 years ago, the bat population has increased. Due to deforestations and loss of animals from Amazonian forests, bats have found another source of food: people. Researchers are trying to control rabies through the thorough analysis of the bats from these places, so that, in the future,to succeed in predicting the areas inhabited by people who should be vaccinated.

So, the main problem induced by the bites of vampire bats is not the blood sucking, but the transmission of rabies.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Bat is the only mammal that can fly. There are nearly one thousand different species of bats. Certain kinds of bats, popularly called vampire bats, attack warm blooded animals like horses, cattle, and fowl and suck their blood. The best known of such bats is the common vampire bat which is about 8 centimeter long.

Generally, vampires do not attack people, but in rare cases they may attack sleeping humans. The amount of blood sucked by the vampire bats is not big enough to lead death of a person by loss of blood. The wound caused by the bite also heals reasonably fast. However, the vampires may carry rabies which may infect human beings, and if not treated well in time may cause their death.