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BUT! How did the parasite make the cricket jump into the pool!?

Or is this some kind of trickery, cus let's face it, who's going to be sitting there filming this kind of stuff?

On saying that, spose there are quite a few nerdy scientists around ready to film this kinda stuff.
 

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It's not actually uncommon for parasites to control their hosts in this way. There is a slug parasite that crawls up the inside of its antennae and starts showing lots of attractive colours so that the antennae and parasite will be eaten by a bird where it starts the next part of its lifecycle. There is also a fluke of sheep that results in ants crawling to the top of a blade of grass and clamp on till they get eaten by a sheep. Another one is called Coenurus cerebralis which infects the brains of sheep and makes them throw themselves off cliffs so they bash their brains out which will then get eaten by dogs.
 

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It's not actually uncommon for parasites to control their hosts in this way. There is a slug parasite that crawls up the inside of its antennae and starts showing lots of attractive colours so that the antennae and parasite will be eaten by a bird where it starts the next part of its lifecycle. There is also a fluke of sheep that results in ants crawling to the top of a blade of grass and clamp on till they get eaten by a sheep. Another one is called Coenurus cerebralis which infects the brains of sheep and makes them throw themselves off cliffs so they bash their brains out which will then get eaten by dogs.
Amazing really. So this parasite can take over the hosts brain!?

Imagine being able to do that!

I did wonder though, the parasite has done all that, now it's in the pool, what's it do from there?

Why would the ant's want to make the sheep bash its brain out though? Surely the ant would have to get something out of it? And where do the dog's come in?
 

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I've actually described different parasites there. The ant one is actually a sheep parasite and also involves snails as an intermediate part of its life cycle. Once the sheep eats the grass that the ant is attached to the parasite then infects the sheep liver.

The dog is one of the hosts for the parasites that is in the sheep's brain!!
 

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So your talking about tinned dog food? Sorry, I get confused easy!

If so, how do the parsites know that sheep brains end up as pedigree chum!? Or am I missing something!?
 

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Yes you're def missing something [:p]

Basically imagine a sheep running off a cliff, falling to its death and its brains spilling out of its head. A lovely sheepdog comes along and eats the bits of brain containing the parasite therefore completing the life cycle. If you want to know more do a google search on coenurus cerebralis.
 

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Right!

I first thought of sheeps commiting suicide off cliffs and falling in the water, hence wondering why dogs were swimming in the sea. Then thought about the pedigree chum bit!
 

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There's another very destructive parasite called Chavius Trakkius Suitius. Apparently it infects the core of society bleeding off hard working folk. A cure for this infection has yet to be found although the offer of a job does tend to have a negative effect on the Chavius parasite causing it to scurry off into some dark filthy hovel.
 

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There's another very destructive parasite called Chavius Trakkius Suitius. Apparently it infects the core of society bleeding off hard working folk. A cure for this infection has yet to be found although the offer of a job does tend to have a negative effect on the Chavius parasite causing it to scurry off into some dark filthy hovel.
Sounds like you had one enter you!! [:p][:D]

Couldn't resist!!
 

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There's another very destructive parasite called Chavius Trakkius Suitius. Apparently it infects the core of society bleeding off hard working folk. A cure for this infection has yet to be found although the offer of a job does tend to have a negative effect on the Chavius parasite causing it to scurry off into some dark filthy hovel.
Sounds like you had one enter you!! [:p][:D]

Couldn't resist!!
Cheeky monkey [:D]
 

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There's another very destructive parasite called Chavius Trakkius Suitius. Apparently it infects the core of society bleeding off hard working folk. A cure for this infection has yet to be found although the offer of a job does tend to have a negative effect on the Chavius parasite causing it to scurry off into some dark filthy hovel.
Sounds like you had one enter you!! [:p][:D]

Couldn't resist!!
Cheeky monkey [:D]
LMAO!!!! [:D]
 

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Hey, I've got a microbiology exam on tueday, so am off work revising for stuff like this.....

Don't know if its the same parasite but you get one called Toxoplasmosa Gondii which makes sticklebacks hang about and get eaten when there'e a Heron around, effectively killing itself. This is a good strategy for a parasite, as the bird eats it and then it either goes from the fish to the bard, and maybe back out in bird poo to reinfect and continue life in another fish.

The scary thing is that they think 33% of UK population (80% in France) have toxoplasma gondii in them, and may make people take risks; for example when driving, you might feel a bit riskier than otherwise, and have slower reactions - but of course you dont know it yourself!

Its just the way it alters the brain chemistry.

We don't generally test people for it as its not really life threatening in itself, and if you were found to have it, then bet your a** your car and life insurance would go up, so there's no incentive either.

You catch it from cats primarily, but also in undercooked meat and food with soil on maybe.

Class dismissed [:p]
 
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