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Posted January 08. 2018 2:22PM

Vampire fungus preying on New Hampshire's bats

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Jackie Jeffrey shows that you can smile while holding a northern long-eared bat. Pete Pattavina/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Pseudogymnoascus destructans is essentially a pathogen's version of a vampire. It lurks in the dark, sneaks up on its victims and snuffs them out quietly, with hardly a squeak. The cold-craving fungus causes white nose syndrome, a disease that has wiped out millions of bats as they hibernate, littering caves with their corpses.