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Cool Video: Parasitic Mind Control


That’s right. Another video about parasites and snails. This time ants are also involved and the parasite in question is the liver fluke. In this video, ants consume snail slime that is full of liver fluke eggs. It burrows into the brain of the ants, and then is capable of controlling them. It won’t bother controlling the ants unless a certain predator shows up that is a suitable host, in which case the parasite begins its mind control and forces the ants to move to areas in which they’ll be consumed. This results in the parasite reaching the predator’s liver, where it lives the rest of its life. In the video below’s case, a cow is the victim.


  1. Comments  Enki   |  Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 2:30 PM

    I can’t figure it out, either you’re getting into national geography, or you’re interested in mind control.

  2. Comments  DarkKnightH20   |  Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Maybe a little bit of both!

  3. Comments  V.H.   |  Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Wow! Fascinating and sort of scary!

  4. Comments  Star Light   |  Sunday, 03 October 2010 at 4:14 PM

    lol look at the ant’s feet flutter at the end. i feel bad for it but it’s kind of funny too

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