Vampire bats could explain how we socialize

The national lockdown to contain covid in 2020 was a situation never seen before for the vast majority of people. However, the scientific community soon realized that human beings are not so original. We are not the only species that maintains social distance to prevent the spread of a disease: vampire bats do it too.

This is just one resemblance among many that we have with these flying mammals. They too they are one of the few species where favors between individuals are returned later. Vampire favors consist of grooming each other and (in the case of females) regurgitating the blood they draw from other animals to feed those in need.

But the most amazing thing we share with vampires is our way of forming social bonds. A few months ago, a study found that female vampire bats that share a roost do not necessarily go hunting together, but they often meet again and cooperate during the hunt. They could recognize each other by voicesharing information about where the prey is or where there is an open wound from which they can feed.

Vampire bats could explain how we socialize