Penguin Chicks – An Easy Snack for Vampire Bats

Written by on February 25, 2013 in Marine Life, Penguins
Common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus).

Common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus). Photo credit: Acatenazzi.

For the very first time, filmmakers have captured footage of vampire bats feeding on Humboldt penguin chicks.

The penguin chicks are unaware of the danger, so they provide a quick snack for the bats.

Scientists have suspected that vampire bats may prey on penguins, but the behavior had never been recorded until now. As reported by BBC, the production team saw the bats feeding on sea lions, but it took a lot of patience to film them feeding on penguins.

Check out this article from BBC Nature to see the vampire bats in action and learn more about the project.

Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti).

Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti). Photo credit: Adam Kumiszcza.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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  1. Matt Rosen says:

    Vampenguins… Had to be said!

  2. Tom says:

    Does this make them little Bellas?