The zombie fungus from the Last of Us is made more terrifying by the fact that it’s actually a real thing, but it’s not the only example of zombification in nature!
All kinds of weird and terrifying parasites invade the bodies of unfortunate animals – from spiders, to grasshoppers, and even your pet cat.
In this episode of Huh? Science Explained, Imma Perfetto gets into real-life zombies in nature and their strange and unsettling behaviours – from jumping into and drowning in bodies of water, to biting down a piece of vegetation and never letting go, and becoming attracted to the very predators that could kill you.
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Originally published by Cosmos as The science of real-life zombies in nature
Imma Perfetto is a science journalist at Cosmos. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Science Communication from the University of Adelaide.
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