Sunday, August 15, 2010

When you see "- battles rabid Vamipire Bats' in a headline,

it do get your attention.
Peru's health ministry has sent emergency teams to a remote Amazon region to battle an outbreak of rabies spread by vampire bats.

Four children in the Awajun indigenous tribe died after being bitten by the bloodsucking mammals
Rabies would be a nasty way to go.

From what I've read and heard, the critters will dine on pretty much any warm-blooded thing around, including humans, but they do have to make the obligatory enviroweenie note Vampire bats usually feed on wildlife or livestock, but are sometimes known to turn to humans for food, particularly in areas where their rainforest habitat has been destroyed. Except that when an area is cleared one of the usual activities is more cattle & such around, which would seem to disqualify that as a cause. Or so I'd think. And then you get to this:
Some local people have suggested this latest outbreak of attacks may be linked to the unusually low temperatures the Peruvian Amazon in recent years.
What? Low temperatures in the Amazon jungle? But Globular Warmening is supposed to be turning the place into a steambox! Algore, where are you? Where's the warmening?

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