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    Default 🤔 A Strange Thing Happens to Wolves Infected by Infamous Mind-Altering Parasite


    A study of 26 years' worth of wolf behavioral data, and an analysis of the blood of 229 wolves, has shown that infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii makes wolves 46 times more likely to become a pack leader.

    The research shows that the effects of this parasite in the wild have been horrendously understudied and its role in ecosystems and animal behavior underestimated.

    If you have a cat, you've probably heard of this parasite before. The microscopic organism can only reproduce in the bodies of felines, but it can infect and thrive in pretty much all warm-blooded animals.

    This includes humans, where it can cause a typically symptomless (but still potentially fatal) parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis.

    Once it's in another host, individual T. gondii parasites needs to find a way to get their offspring back inside a cat if it doesn't want to become an evolutionary dead-end. And it has a kind of creepy way of maximizing its chances.

    Animals such as rats infected with the parasite start taking more risks, and in some cases actually become fatally attracted to the scent of feline urine, and thus more likely to be killed by them.

    For larger animals, such as chimpanzees, it means an increased risk of a run-in with a larger cat, such as a leopard. Hyenas infected with T. gondii also are more likely to be killed by lions.

    Gray wolves (Canis lupus) in the Yellowstone National Park aren't exactly cat prey. But sometimes their territory overlaps with that of cougars (Puma concolor), known carriers of T. gondii, and the two species both prey on the elk (Cervus canadensis), bison (Bison bison), and mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) that also can be found there.

    It's possible that wolves also become infected, perhaps from occasionally eating dead cougars, or ingesting cougar poo.

    Data collected on the wolves and their behavior for nearly 27 years offered a rare opportunity to study the effects of the parasite on a wild, intermediate host.

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    Bucks, Pennsylvania
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    Default Re: 🤔 A Strange Thing Happens to Wolves Infected by Infamous Mind-Altering Parasite

    Saw one of these in a bank parking lot once, a dead grasshopper in a rain puddle, with a live worm escaping:
    Attorney Phil Kline, AKA
    Ce sac n'est pas un jouet.

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    Default Re: 🤔 A Strange Thing Happens to Wolves Infected by Infamous Mind-Altering Parasite

    Fauci is currently looking for a gain of function for these creatures.
    Rules are written in the stone,
    Break the rules and you get no bones,
    all you get is ridicule, laughter,
    and a trip to the house of pain.

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