Zombies among us! And among you ... Observations of Intelligent Horse
Do you know that zombies are already among us? And it's not a joke! I myself recently found out. Impressed. Now I will tell in order. I just warn you right away: it’s better not to read this while eating.
Well, for those who have already had breakfast or lunch, I will continue.
Surely those of you who like to relax on a river or lake, noticed that weird, very brave Pisces come across: they swim almost at the surface, and you can even catch them with your bare hands.
But these fish are not simple, but ... no, not gold, alas. Scientists call them Glistophanes: a worm - it’s clear that (bon appetit, if you still dine), and a fan is fun. And if you cut such a Fish belly, you will find there a long white Ribbon Worm. And it is this Worm that makes the Fish "have fun" and behave so imprudently.
It would seem: why would he? But there is a goal!
The worm develops and implements an insidious plan. The fish is its intermediate Master (that is the name of those in whom the Parasites live), and the Worm lodges in Fish for about 3 years. But then he needs to start breeding, and for this he must be inside the final Master - the Bird. And then the Worm zombies the Fish, so that it behaves like a real suicide: it rises to the surface and attracts the Predator Bird. Inside the Bird, the Worm lays eggs, they litter again fall into the water, where they are caught by another Fish ... The cycle of Worms in nature, in general.
And there is also the Hairy Worm, which zombies the Beetles, Grasshoppers and Praying Mantis. These Insects are completely unable to swim and are panicky afraid of water. But when the time comes for the Worm parasitizing in the Insect to multiply, it zombies its Masters so that they themselves jump into the water! And the Worm can only quickly and quickly get out, until the Insect has eaten the Fish - the Hairy does not want to go to Fish!
That is, these Parasites can divide the behavior of the Masters (it is only said that the Masters, and in fact, of course, Slaves) into separate behavioral elements (patterns) and can combine them depending on their insidious interests. Real Parasites!
Scientists still have not figured out how Parasites do this. Perhaps they use neuromodulators (I learned this word all night!) - these are special proteins that are responsible for different behavioral reactions. For example, if you combine the protein that is responsible for finding water and for getting pleasure, then you can joyfully drown in the nearest puddle, not understanding what you are doing.
There are still Wasp Riders. They are not completely Parasites, but Parasitoids - that is, the Host is needed only by Larvae, and not adult creatures. And these Wasps lay their eggs in a special Caterpillar, and the Larvae begin to slowly devour the Caterpillar from the inside. Not too much so that she did not die ahead of time, but such a Caterpillar will not become a Butterfly. And when the Larvae need to pupate, they make holes in the skin of the Caterpillar, crawl out of it and pile up. Do you think the caterpillar’s torment ends there? And no! She begins to defend this bunch of juvenile bandits and even builds a protective cocoon around them! A real guard zombie ... And when the Wasps hatch, they no longer need the Caterpillar - and it dies.
It would seem that the larvae have already come out - why doesn’t the caterpillar get away with all its might, saving its life? But it turns out that a pair of Larvae remains inside, forms a kind of Caterpillar's brain control center and completely controls its behavior.
You think only We can become a Zombie? And no! You, Humans, are also quite good at zombie yourself with Parasites, although you consider yourself to be Crowns. Do not believe? Take a look.
There is such a parasite named Toxoplasma. Its intermediate owner is the Mouse, and the final one is the Cat. And in order to move from the Mouse to the Cat, Toxoplasma reprograms the behavior of the Mouse. The mouse not only becomes very fearless, but also seeks out the smell of cat urine, which she begins to like crazy. So Mouse finds the Cat and literally rushes into her mouth! Toxoplasma exults.
But this is not the end. Toxoplasma reproduces in the cat and, together with cat waste, delivers eggs to the environment. And these very eggs can accidentally fall not into the Mouse, but into ... You, Men! Well, if you like Cats and don’t like washing your hands.
Of course, for Toxoplasma this is not the best option, because the Cat is unlikely to eat a Man. But, nevertheless, Toxoplasma lives in the human body and is entertained by the fact that it pushes him to exploits. Such Humans become very fearless and can get into trouble - for example, in “bold accidents”.
So if you see a scorcher on the road - most likely, the Toxoplasma worm lives in it.
You can argue on this topic for a long time, but I concluded for myself: if someone is parasitizing on Us or You, this someone wants to turn Us or You into Zombies. And make you your master. But in a completely unflattering sense for you.