13 Facts About Animals’ Brains That Will Make You Say, “IDK How To Feel About This”

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Here’s what happens: a specific type of fungus relies on ants to complete its life cycle. This fungus is so advanced, though, that it wont pick just any ol’ ant; it knows what specific ant to attack. So, you have an ant foraging for food, minding its own business, when it eats something with this fungus on it. The fungus immediately spreads throughout the body, releasing mind-controlling chemicals. These chemicals hijack the ant’s central nervous system, forcing it climb up vegetation and latch onto leaves while the fungus finishes killing the body.

The fungus then grows outside of the dead ant’s body, developing a long stalk outside of the head that will eventually infect more ants that come in contact with it, starting the cycle over again. Damn, that’s rough.

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