We've all seen it in movies: The vampire bat flies into a woman's room, only to turn into Dracula, ready to bite her neck and make her one of the undead. But why do vampires turn into bats, and not mosquitos - or any other animal that drinks blood? Although it's not exactly known why vampires are associated with bats, the white-winged vampire bats does exhibit some Dracula-like feeding rituals: It will trick a hen into mating with it, climb her back from behind and bite into her neck for blood.
In China, certain bats are thought to bring good fortune. They're considered symbols of long life and are believed to ward off evil. It's mostly red bats that the Chinese revere, but we like to think they're all pretty nifty. In fact, the word for bat in Chinese even sounds like the word for good luck!