Fire crews at Langwarrin in Melbourne, Australia got to save a tiny life recently.
Here's the story:
A koala was hit by a car and took refuge in a tree.
When they went to rescue the little critter...
A new study unveiled the discovery of a virus that takes contorl of caterpillar's brains.
Once the virus has control it makes them climb to the treetops, then liquifies their bodies.
Their liquid body then pours down onto the ground, infecting all the lower leaves with the virus, ensuring the spread of the virus.
A researcher said that:
"[The virus] ends up using just about all of the caterpillar to make more virus, and there are other genes in the virus that then make the caterpillar melt. So it becomes a pool of millions of virus particles that end up dropping onto the foliage below where it can infect other moths that eat those leaves."
“Zombification” has been seen in insects before but usually because of a fungus, not a virus.
And we all know what viruses can do.
Mutate then spread to humans!
Srsly though, don’t worry, the virus only infects invertebrates…
[Image via Mark Readman/WENN.]