What Is a Vampire Monkey?


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Vampire monkeys are mythological creatures rumored to live in remote forests in China. Although there have been numerous reports of these animals, there are no pictures or scientific evidence of vampire monkeys existing.

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Legend holds that the vampire monkey has tiny ears and a long tail. Its face is rumored to look like a vampire bat, and it is said to have razor sharp teeth like a piranha. This mythological creature needs blood once a week to survive, and, according to legend, it prefers human blood but also ingests the blood of mammals and birds. Claims of vampire monkey bites have been found to be bites from a vampire bat or spider.

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