We’ve already touched on the theory that zombies may hunt by sense of touch. Now ZRS contributor Jamie Baldwin suggests that they may also be learning as they navigate through their new world. He points to a mountain of animal behavior research to support his argument:
“Animals of all shapes and sizes must learn through experience in order to survive. Dogs and cats learn to recognize their owners, and avoid predators. Mockingbirds learn who represents a threat to their nests, storing that information in their memory for future use. Even pigs need to learn what to eat and where to find food. Zombies may go through the same process.”
Baldwin goes on to suggest that zombies probably need to learn to hunt humans. They may reanimate with an overpowering desire to eat, but until they figure out that trees, rocks, garbage, and other zombies don’t satisfy their hunger, they would not yet have settled on people as their meal of choice.
If his theory is correct, the learning curve a zombie must go through in its early stages could provide a tactical advantage to the living. Unfortunately, the knowledge they gain over time that could have devastating repercussions for our chances of long term survival in a zombie outbreak.
Just imagine zombies that can figure out how to pick locks, sneak about, and even work together towards a common goal–not a pretty thought.
What do you think about this theory? Can zombies learn?