Of course we all know vampires don't really turn into bats and they certainly don't bite humans. They just live among us like ordinary people, right?
But my students really want to know about vampire bats. And what I have learned is quite interesting. Vampire bats actually just puncture the skin of an animal, usually while they are sleeping, and lick the blood. Often the animal doesn't even notice this and there is no loss of life nor limb.
Bats also do a lot of good for humans. They eat insects and many farmers use them to keep pests away from their crops.
Stellaluna is an adorable story about a fruit bat that gets separated from her mother and lives with a family of bird. My students and I love Stellaluna and love bats. I hope more people will learn to love and appreciate bats, too.
*Wouldn't you be if you had to run herd on a classroom full of six and seven year olds? Hot and exhausted!