- Cat parasite may affect cultural traits in human pop.
(LiveScience) Parasite found in cats may be affecting human behavior.
- Mind Control by Parasites
Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite found in the guts of cats that gets to cats through intermediate rat hosts.
- Toxoplasma -- the brain parasite that influences human culture...
Toxoplasma gondii is a single-celled brain parasite spread by cats. Our feline companions are its preferred home and only in their bodies...
- Bizarre Human Brain Parasite Precisely Alters Fear
After they get infected with the brain parasite Toxoplasma gondii, however, rats become attracted to cat urine, increasing the chance they'll be eaten...
- Brain parasite drives human culture
The brain parasite is spread by cats and affects a huge proportion of the world's population.
- Parasites on the Brain
Melanie said: "A lot of people in France have it..."
- Cat-Borne Brain Parasite Attracts Rats to Feline...
(Fox News) Cat-borne brain parasite attracts rats to feline urine. Toxoplasmids, thought to alter human brain activity, now shown to alter rat thinking...
- Brain Parasite (Cuterebra) in Cats: (PetMD) Feline ischemic encephalopathy (FIE) is caused by the presence of a parasite (Cuterebra larva) in the cat's brain.
- Toxoplasmosis (Wikipedia)
Louis Wain was a prominent cat artist who later developed schizophrenia... "Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?"
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Mind Control: Cat and Mouse example
Wisdom Quarterly ANALYSIS
This event, captured by student photographer Casey Gutteridge, gives a new meaning to cat and mouse games. Or does it? The behavior captured at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, England is even more bizarre than it appears. It is mind control by parasites. Gutteridge, who was photographing the leopard for a course project when the mouse appeared, said:
"I have no idea where the mouse came from. He just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn't take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself. But the leopard was pretty surprised. She bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened...but even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill... It was amazing. Even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked. He said he'd never seen anything like it before."
Project owner Jackie James added: "It was so funny to see. Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food. But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on."
Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie's late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent's forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.
The mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and show the leopard who was the boss. But what is driving this behavior? It is neither bravery nor foolishness. It's actually much stranger than that: There exists a cat parasite whose life-cycle includes the brains of mice. The only way for it to complete its life-cycle in a cat's intestines is to alter fear in mice so that they will venture out and be eaten. Stranger still is that this brain parasite can affect humans.