Animals: Birth in a Bat House

"The spitting image of its mother!' crowed famed Herpetologist Raymond Lee Ditmars one day last week.

Dr. Ditmars' trip to Panama last summer had made New York's Bronx Zoo unique throughout the world in the possession of a live vampire bat, a tiny, loathsome, jut-jawed creature which lives on blood sucked from beasts and men (TIME, Oct. 2). Thriving on defibrinated blood obtained fresh daily from an abattoir, the captive has now presented its owners with the first vampire bat ever born in a zoo.*

"The thing is worth its weight in gold," cried...

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