Every time I visit a zoo, I make a point to visit the bat exhibit. Bats have captivated me since childhood. My sisters and I would watch for them to fly over our backyard, and throw little stones up in the air, attempting to fool them into thinking they were insects to get them to swoop down.
When you watch bats up close, and pay attention to their mannerisms, you can see the inspiration they provide for the monsters created by writers and filmmakers. From dragons to gargoyles and aliens, they are the inspiration for all sorts of otherworldly creatures.
Check out a video of a vampire bat I took at the North Carolina Zoo for the full effect!