Lucas the (non-Vampiric) Bat
Bats and vampires. The twain is forever, intrinsically linked, whether we like it or not. Me personally, I love bats, so I don’t mind at all. Some creators have sought to separate the two. Christopher Lee’s Dracula never turned into a bat. The vampires of Anne Rice can’t turn into bats. The vamps on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER couldn’t transform into bats–except for Dracula, that one time he guest-starred. The trailer-trash vampires of NEAR DARK were bat-less, as are the nasty parasitic drones on THE STRAIN. Still, Dracula’s shadow is far too long to escape: he made the whole “transforming into a bat” thing chic. And then there was Barnabas Collins, who also could turn into a bat, and frequently did so on the hit daytime series DARK SHADOWS, despite the ABC network’s unwillingness to spring for anything more realistic than a rubber bat on the end of a fishing line. And lest we forget, there is the REAL vampire bat (actually three distinct species, the common vampire bat, the white-winged vampire bat, and the hairy-legged vampire bat) to seal the connection.
Lucas–who experienced a difficult birth, having to be delivered by C-section and bottle-fed with human baby formula because fruit bats, like primates, cannot synthesize vitamin C the way most mammals can–is NOT a vampire bat. But he is adorable, isn’t he? I am pleased to report that Lucas is doing just fine these days.
You know, given the far larger size of fruit bats in relation to vampire bats, I wonder why more vampires didn’t turn into THEM instead? Maybe they’re just too cute, despite their size.