Amazon Killer Bats | Austin Stevens Adventures | E09 | Free Documentary Nature
Austin’s latest assignment is to photograph the deadly Vampire Bat – a mammal known to live deep in underground caves. But there’s a hitch; Austin is claustrophobic.
Hoping to avoid the bats’ dark and cramped lair, Austin heads to the western edge of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, where bats of all species thrive in the dense vegetation.
The only way into this tangled rainforest is by river; a days’ kayaking takes Austin into the heart of the jungle. Hoping to avoid bat caves altogether, Austin scours the rainforest finding various bats roosts and a rare tapir – but no vampires. So Austin changes tack, heading instead for cattle country and the vampires captive prey.
Austin discovers cows with telltale bite marks. And, after a successful midnight stake out, he snaps the perfect shot of a killer bat drinking its fill. Austin is thrilled… But he’s still one photo short. And the only way to complete his assignment is to enter the bats’ cave after all…
Also in this episode… Austin finds a gentle vine snake, and meets a boa constrictor in an unusual spot.
Did you know…?
• Known to live in caves and roost in trees, vampire bats are nocturnal, and can drink their weight in blood in a single feed.
• Reviled for their bloodthirsty habits, vampire bats are feared as killers who can transmit the deadly rabies virus with a single bite.
• The growing number of vampire bats in South America is infecting and killing 100,000 cows per year with rabies.
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