Bats: Resistant to viruses, but not to humans

The inhabitants of Culden village in northern Peru heard that the virus that causes COVID-19, the disease wreaking havoc around the world, originated in bats. So when they discovered a colony of these flying mammals close to their village, they decided to set fire to it.

Mongabay

Last updated on 15 May 2020

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Peru
Region: 
South & Central America & The Caribbean
Threats: 
Diseases
Human Disturbance
Species group: 
Terrestrial mammals