Bitin’ Brazilian Vampire Bats!
From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1. empiricism that limits experience as a source of knowledge to sensation or sense perceptions
2. the use or effect of sensational subject matter or treatment
Adjectives: sensationalist, sensationalistic
Friends, this article here is pure sensationalism. I’m only citing it to refute it. Vampire bats don’t pose any greater health threat to the people of Brazil, or anywhere else, than any other mammal, and considerably less of a threat than another nighttime bloodsucker, this latter of the insect variety; I’m talking about mosquitoes. As for the part about people waking up “soaked in blood,” that’s pure poppycock. Vampire bats, when they bite, make a small incision with their small fangs. They don’t rip open an artery.
Can Vampire Bats carry rabies? Yes, but so can any other mammal–including livestock! As for the guy who died from rabies after being bitten by a Vampire bat, please note that he waited THREE WEEKS before seeking treatment! Also note that the article, for all its fear-mongering, points out that it is destruction of the bats’ natural habitat that is leading to greater incidents of the bats biting people. The bats aren’t the bad guys in this story.