Zombie Cows

“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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