The mind-controlling parasite turns wolves into pack leaders

According to an analysis of more than 200 gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park, wolves infected with behavior-altering parasites are more likely to become pack leaders or leave their packs altogether. The results add to a growing body of evidence to support this Toxoplasma gondiia protozoan parasite, pulls the puppet strings of its hosts and lures them into risky behavior.

“We found wolves that showed signs of this had a significant increase in the likelihood of dispersing and becoming pack leaders, both risky behaviors T. gondii Infection in her blood, the authors wrote in the study, published online Nov. 24 in the journal communication biology (opens in new tab).

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