Research conducted the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, suggests that zombies may not moan, and it all boils down to the meaning behind a dog’s bark.
The extensive study concluded that barking in dogs is a signal associated with a clearly definable behavior known as mobbing, a cooperative anti-predator response. By contrast, wild animals normally have plenty of room to move, so when they hear something they silently run away or towards the source.
But even in the wild, animals that can’t flee or attack will bark, explains head researcher Kathryn Lord:
“Even birds bark, and certainly many mammals besides canines, including baboons and monkeys, rodents and deer also bark. In a whole bunch of mammals and birds, what they do in conflicted situations is bark.”
They bark as a warning to a perceived threat to leave the area, and as an alert to other potential prey that danger is near.
But because zombies are thought the be single-minded predators with no defensive instinct at all, and because it’s widely held that zombies don’t hunt in coordinated teams, the argument for a moaning zombie seems flimsy at best. If they’re not trying to ward off a threat, or alert their partners, why would they bother making any sound at all? Noise only reveals their position and makes their objective harder to obtain.
What do you think? Are zombies loud and obvious hunters, or are the lethal, stealthy and focused?
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