(Guest post by Nick Withers.)
Dogs on Auckland beaches are being killed by tetrodotoxin, a lethal poison occurring naturally in puffer fish. Properly prepared puffer fish can serve a couple of purposes. As Fugu it is a Japanese delicacy. In powdered form it is part of a powder used to make zombies.
Ethnobiologist Wade Daviss suggested its use in “zombie powder” after going undercover in Haiti, Â “dramatised” in the wonderfully b-grade The Serpent and the Rainbow. The powder would render the victim in a state almost indistinguishable from death. Once the “living corpse” was recovered from the grave datura and other substances were used to keep the “zombie” in a state of dosile slavery.
It should be noted that while head shots will also kill this type of zombie, the preferred methodology in dealing with them is to stop feeding them the drugs.
So there you have it… either the canines are experimenting with Japanese cuisine, or its zombie dog time.