Bats hunt and feed together. But only those who made friends in captivity

Vampire bats that become friends in captivity maintain a “relationship” in the wild to hunt together, according to new research. The results of the work are published by the journal PLOS Biology.

Finding fresh blood on a daily basis turned out to be not an easy undertaking for the vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus). A new study has shown that in search of food, animals “hunt” in groups, exchanging information in search of food. In any case, those individuals who met in captivity. They keep “friendship” in the wild, hunting together.

In the study, scientists studied the behavior of 50 female vampires (27 are wild, 23 used to live in captivity). Attaching a tracking device to them, they sent the bats to a cattle pasture in Tole, Panama.

Tracking data showed that lone bats were sent out to forage separately rather than as a group. And those of the individuals who established social relations were reunited during the hunt, which, according to the researchers, was a kind of coordination of actions for obtaining food.

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