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Are Vampire Bats Real?

Vampire bats really do feed on blood, but they don't suck it; they lap it up. Their saliva contains an anticoagulant that keeps the blood from a bite flowing. Vampire bats take in just a couple of teaspoons of blood at a time, and the animal they've bitten may sleep through the whole thing.

Vampire bats live in Latin America — there are none in the United States — and, in fact, only three of the 1,300 bat species around the world feed on blood.

Vampire bats will adopt orphaned babies, and they'll regurgitate a meal of blood to share with a roost-mate. They help people, too: The anti-clotting enzyme in vampire bat saliva is being studied for treatment of heart disease and strokes.

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