Saturday, May 27, 2017

Vampire Bats Help their Friends - Science

There's weird and then there's science weird which is a huge part of why the Rockhouse gets off on it.

A common vampire bat mother with young. Credit: Uwe Schmidt

I know, you're feeling cuddly already but read on.

Female vampire bats form strong social bonds with their mothers and daughters as they groom and share regurgitated meals of blood. They also form friendships with less closely related bats. Gerry Carter, post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), and colleagues discovered that unrelated friends are important backup support when family members go missing.

When they remove a major food donor, like a mother or daughter, from a bat's social network, females who previously built up more friendships with non-relatives cope better with their loss. They score more food than do female bats who only invest in close kin.  Friends help female vampire bats cope with loss

Ed:  real friends are the ones who will puke up blood for you?

It's science, man.  Roll with the groove of it even if that may sometimes involve regurgitated blood.  I think birds feed their young 'uns in much the same way until they're able to deal with other things but blood is not not likely part of that regimen.  Ain't it a bitch that this dropped out of the maternal evolutionary program.

Common vampire bats (Desmotus rotundus) depend on their friends in a pinch. Credit: Uwe Schmidt

You can count on me, baby.

Like I said, there's weird and then there's science weird and I submit weird with vampire bats is much better.

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