a hunting-bat

A large, carnivorous bat of the White Mountains, hunting bats were attracted to the smell of blood. They would pounce upon a bleeding victim, tearing flesh from bone with their small, razorsharp teeth. In addition, they were notorious carriers of disease. Hunting bats usually dwelt near the entrance of a cave (on the inside, of course), but they could also be found in the crevices of cliffs and in abandoned buildings.