Jaye Wells

Weird Wednesday: Vampire Beasts

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.

Did you know there’s also a vampire squid? And vampire beetles?

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.

11 Thoughts on “Weird Wednesday: Vampire Beasts

  1. Bernita on November 7, 2007 at 4:51 am said:

    They’re easiest to kill.

  2. Heather Harper on November 7, 2007 at 6:07 am said:

    My son loves Bunnicula. 🙂

  3. jason evans on November 7, 2007 at 7:28 am said:

    Vampire squid? Wow, those sound pretty creepy.

    Thinking back to my summer lamprey encounter, I guess that’s a form of vampire too. Pretty rough, though. It just uses its tongue to burrow a hole in the side of the host fish.

  4. Jaye Wells on November 7, 2007 at 7:30 am said:

    Bernita, true. No stakes required.

    Heather, I can’t believe I’d forgotten about that book. I need to buy it for Spawn.

    Jason, please tell me where you saw that lamprey so I don’t go there. If you get a chance watch that squid video. It’s fascinating.

  5. Church Lady on November 7, 2007 at 12:29 pm said:

    That picture is awesome–look at those ears!
    But quite more than I needed to know about vampire bats….

  6. Jaye Wells on November 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm said:

    Cl, I guess last week in honor of Halloween, Spawn’s class studied bats. One the way home one day, he busts out with “Did you know vampire bats suck the blood of cows?”

    I nearly swerved off the road I was so proud.

  7. jason evans on November 7, 2007 at 1:12 pm said:

    I was standing in the Delaware River, and it was hovering by my feet in the water. Funky looking thing for freshwater hundreds of miles from the ocean. I had no idea they swim up the rivers to spawn.

    I tried to pick it up. It didn’t appreciate that.

  8. Jamie Ford on November 7, 2007 at 1:56 pm said:

    Leeches too. And those guys that call during dinner wanting to refinance your house for 37% interest.

  9. The Anti-Wife on November 7, 2007 at 2:29 pm said:

    Politicians. They’re definitely the scariest blooksuckers I can think of with lawyers running a close second.

  10. Jaye Wells on November 7, 2007 at 2:42 pm said:

    Jason, this is why I avoid lakes and rivers. That and snakes. Shudder.

    Jamie, good ones. Is the do not disturb list kind of like revoking your invitation for a vamp to enter your home?

    AW, on behalf of Jason and my other lawyer friends I have to disagree, but let’s add the IRS and call it even.

  11. Shesawriter on November 7, 2007 at 6:03 pm said:

    The things I learn while blog hopping instead of writing….

    I’ll just file it under necessary research. Yeah, that’s the ticket. 🙂

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