incident at Unnamed Cave Near Cuernavaca

Publication
ACA 1973 page 11
Date
1st May 1973 approximate
Cave
Unnamed Cave Near Cuernavaca
State
Unknown
County
Unknown
Country
Mexico
Category
Caving
Incident type
Unknown
Primary cause
Vampire bats
Secondary cause
Group type
Unknown
Group size
Unknown
Aid type
None
Source
Unknown
Incident flags
   
Data status
Complete

Injured cavers

No injured cavers recorded.

Incident report

"Vampire bats in a cave near Cuernavaca are supposed to have bitten a man to death." (Current Titles in Speleology)

Incident analysis

The information is too incomplete for proper analysis, but it is hard to imagine vampire bats attacking a man unless he was asleep, injured, or drunk. In spite of many warnings about accidentally cornering a poisonous snake or large mammal in a cave, this is the only instance of an animal injuring a caver which has ever been reported in American Caving Accidents.

References

Anon. Bristol Evening Post. (12 May 1973) (Quoted in Current Titles in Speleology, 1973, Part 1., reference 73.241).

Notes

Man allegedly bitten to death by vampire bats. Brisol Evening Post 5/12/73, Current Titles in Speleology, 1973, part 1, ref 73.2411.

This record was last updated on 19th Nov 2023 at 23:37 UTC.