Origin of Vampires

Here’s a story that justifies reading outside a person’s normal area of interest. Tschiffley’s Ride is one of the great travel adventures, the sort of journey only Werner Herzog would contemplate filming. Please.

tschiffley ride

Aime Tsciffley, a Swiss former teacher, footballer and boxer moved to Buenos Aires in 1920. In 1925 he set of in the company of his horses to travel to New York, a journey impossible today on modern highways. He arrived in 1928 having survived near drowning, starvation, plague…  an incredible travelogue.

He notes how in the dense humidity at night small bats would attach themselves to his horses’ necks to drink their blood. He was surprised the horses allowed this, but the bats fanned their wings to cool the horses down, so there was mutual benefit.

This is clearly too late for the original dracula stories, but other people must have noticed this. Intriguing, isn’t it?

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