Vampire bats have a bad rap.  Sure, their life source stems from the
blood of other living beings--which is just creepy.  But they are also
vital to the stability of the ecosystem... and cute in a really ugly

I suppose the "scare" factor regarding vampire bats is not just the blood drinking--but also their size.  The idea that thousands of these tiny blood suckers coming at me at once does induce some chills...

Video uploaded by the always awesome National Geographic on July 29, 2013.

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