A Giant Carnivorous Bat

The wooly false vampire, Chrotopterus auritus, is one of the largest bats in the new world. It is a carnivore that primarily eats small mammals (mice and rats, small opossums, shrews), but also birds and smaller species of bat (Bonato et al., 2004; Nogueira et al., 2006). C. auritus locates these prey items by sound, using it’s huge ears and sensitive hearing. It kills mammals with a bite to the neck, and birds with a bite to the head, and then consumes it’s prey hanging upside down (Medellin, 1989).

The individual in this video was a female caught in a mist net set outside a cave in the North of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

With a range extending from southern Brazil to southern Mexico, a large population and presence in protected areas, this species is listed as least concern on the IUCN red list.

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