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Do vampire bats really exist?

Yes, but not in most of the United States. Of the three species of vampires in North America, only a single specimen has been recorded for the United States in extreme southwest Texas. Vampire bats  do not suck blood--they make a small incision with their sharp front teeth and lap up the blood with their tongue. Vampire bats in Mexico and South America feed on the blood of livestock such as cattle and horses, as well as deer, wild pigs and even seals.


 

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