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Old 04-10-2009, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Sad but true- Sick bats' PR problem could prove to be deadly

Sick bats' PR problem could prove to be deadly
By Beth Daley
Globe Staff / April 6, 2009

Sick bats' PR problem could prove to be deadly - The Boston Globe
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To a public raised on vampire movies, bats are loathsome, frightening creatures - blind, flying rodents that all carry rabies, suck human blood, and get impossibly tangled in long hair.

None of it is true. But scientists trying to drum up a public outcry - and government funding - to stop a mysterious illness ravaging bat populations from Vermont to Virginia believe these myths are thwarting their efforts. The researchers say they are learning a harsh truth about the public's desire to save animals: Cuteness rules.
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"We're talking about the need for a full-time publicist, and talks on CNN and David Letterman,"
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