13 Parasites Who Feed On The Bodies Of Their Victims, Like Zombies Eating Brains! (13 Photos)

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Everyone is looking for the Zombie Apocalypse to begin any day now. Hordes of walking dead, shambling through city streets and crying out for "Bbrraaaaaiiiinnnnnsssss" is the typical image of a Zombie.

There is a group of creatures who would challenge the traditional definition of a Zombie, however. These creatures, known as parasites, use the bodies of other creatures as their food source or their incubators. These would-be Zombies depend on other creatures for their very survival, using not just brains but entire bodies of the host animal.

Traveling The Food Chain

The Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that is found in cat excrement. Once it enters the food chain through a creature that eats the droppings, it lives off the brain tissue of the host. As it moves up the food chain, it can even land in the brain of humans.
Traveling the food chain
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Fungal Parasite

This fungal parasite matures in the brain of ants, even using the body as a method of moving around and spreading itself through the environment. When it moves on, the body of the ant is left to be used by other organisms, such as other fungi or plants.
Fungal parasite

Go Into The Light...

This shrimp-like creature is the victim of a parasite that invades its brain, eventually taking over and forcing the deep-dwelling creature toward the light at the surface.
Go into the light...
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Ye-haw! Ride 'em, Cowboy!

The parasitic Apocephalus borealis hitches a ride on the abdomen of the bee, The eggs it lays there use the bee's body as their food source, eating their way out as the bee goes about its business.
Ye-haw!  Ride 'em, cowboy!

The Hairworm

This parasite uses the body of the cricket as its incubator. It eventually takes control of the cricket's brain, forcing it to commit suicide by throwing itself into a body of water. Once in the water, the hairworm moves on.
The Hairworm
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