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Do vampire bats always kill the animals that they feed upon?

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No, vampire bats do not kill their preys (they never intentionally kill an animal to feed). But they can transmit rabies that cause the death of the prey. Moreover, if various vampire prey on the same animal, it can get die to blood loss in the case it is a small animal or get very debilitated and exposed to diseases and infections. read more

What vampire bats for feeding feed is to suck blood. To obtain their food, they will attack almost any warm-blooded animal that is resting quietly. After biting a victim, they suck the flowing blood. read more

Vampire Bats only come out to feed when it is fully dark. Like fruit-eating bats and unlike insectivorous and fish-eating bats, they only emit low-energy sound pulses. The Common Vampire Bat feeds mostly on the blood of mammals, whereas the Hairy-legged Vampire Bat, and the White-winged Vampire Bat feed on the blood of birds. read more

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