Zombie Cows

randomlychad  —  September 26, 2012 — 109 Comments

“This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.” –W.B. Yeats

Or maybe a strangled “Moo.”

The zombie apocalypse began, of all things, with cows. Cows! I almost laugh to think of it. Those docile bovine herbivores turned into something other.

How it happened was this: for years, ranchers had been feeding lot cows rendered animal parts. Including cow. Everyone knows this was the genesis of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, “Mad Cow Disease.” What happened was mad cow–a prion disease–mutated, became something else. Oh, the cows still displayed all the symptoms of BSE, still died. But then they came back.

With malicious intent.

At first, it almost seemed containable. Isolated incidents, sporadic reports, cows being destroyed. No one really certain about what was going on.

Then tainted meat entered the food chain. That was all she wrote. It spread like a stampede all around the globe.

And to think it all started with cows. Zombie cows.




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  • Wonderful!!!

    • Thanks, Larry!

      How are things in the Holler?

  • Is it really wrong that this reminded me that I need to order a side of beef? 😉

    • If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right. 😉
      Just don’t eat the brains. 😉

  • Yikes! Extra bbq sauce combats the symptoms, right?

    • Nope--sorry, K.C., there’s no known cure. Pass the ribs! 😉

  • Is there a news story behind this that I missed?

    I don’t get it.

    • Nope, Kevin--purely a creative writing exercise. It’s just flash fiction.
      You know how on the Walking Dead they don’t ever explain how the virus started? Rick Grimes wakes up to a changed world? This was my (fictional) attempt at an answer. How it may have started.

      I thought it was slightly clever.

      • No worries. It’s probably jut too smart for me. 🙂

  • Well done! I love the idea of pathogen-induced zombieism -- especially for cows! This would be awesome as a graphic novel! I’ve been toying with the idea of a group of Hasidic Jewish vampires -- the irony is that the Torah forbids eating blood.

    • Thanks, Tor! As I explained to Kevin, most zombie stories start in media res--it’s already upon us. There’s throwaway explanation like government experimentation. I wanted something more organic, even insidious (even a touch ridiculous). Zombie cows was my answer.

      Graphic novel? I would need someone to draw it for me (can’t draw to save my life).

      Interesting. “For the life is in the blood,” right?