Halloween is here in North America! And just to complete our three-day journey surrounding this wacky celebration, we said to ourselves, “why not finish big by connecting everyone with a few stories of real zombies… that are actually plentiful in the natural world!”

Image: real animal zombies, zombie snail

Source: Nat Geo WILD

It turns out that there are some crazy examples in nature of this zombie phenomena. Really! Mother nature has designed systems that seem to make the strangest things possible.

And just to bring this into the human realm: remember that “cat lady” you knew when you were a kid? Could it be that her mind was taken over by some cat-loving biological monster that compelled her to keep 40 cats indoors? Let’s see about that…

Here is Joe Hanson from It’s Okay To Be Smart, a channel we here at EWC absolutely love. They’ve got a lot of great content, so go show them some love when you’re done here! But first, let’s watch this video to tell us a little about how zombies might just be all around us…*cue scary music*

Okay, so like he said, there might not be human zombies blundering around anytime soon, but stories like these do serve as a reminder that the natural world is an incredibly diverse place, with endlessly clever ways of adapting to this planet!

Thanks again to Joe Hanson, Ph.D., of the YouTube channel It’s OK to be Smart. We feature his work often because it’s always brilliant and fun, and it proves our EWC motto: This is still an amazing world… 

Imagine our surprise when we found he had a zombie video?

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Time to eat too much candy!



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  1. “Attack of the Zombie Parasites!” YouTube. It’s Okay To Be Smart, 2 Mar. 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgCQStTSMuk>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV