Yesterday, I was reminded of one of my favorite childhood books. Bunnicula was the story of a vampire rabbit who sucked vegetables dry. The story is told from the viewpoint of a concerned dog, whose worried Bunnicula might move from draining produce to draining his humans.
It got me thinking about how many species of animals and insects that fall under the category of vampire. Of course, we’ve all heard about vampire bats.
They feed on the blood of large birds, cattle, horses, and pigs. Using their sharp teeth, the bats make tiny cuts in the skin of a sleeping animal. The bats’ saliva contains a chemical that keeps the blood from clotting. The bats then lap up the blood that oozes from the wound. Another chemical in their saliva numbs the animal’s skin and keeps them from waking up. On a side note: One of the enzymes found in both bat and mosquito saliva is being used to develop stroke treatments.
What’s your favorite vampire beastie?
Also, don’t forget, the new Clarity of Night contest begins today. This will be my seventh time entering on of Jason’s contest. It’s a great way to meet other writers, as well as read some fantastic stories. Give it a shot.