Do Vampire Bats Practice ‘Social Distancing’ When Feeling Ill?

Despite their sometimes-nefarious reputation, vampire bats are highly social mammals that form strong, affectionate bonds with their colony mates. They may have also mastered the art of social distancing in times of disease outbreak.


Research published in October 2020 from Ohio State University found that wild vampire bats will self-isolate when feeling ill.


Researchers say that understanding how other animals respond to disease outbreaks may help to inform our...