Why do zombies want to bite us? Nutrition or Reproduction?


Why, exactly, are zombies so darn eager to take a bite out of humans? On the Walking Dead, zombies have it good. They survive all sorts of injuries except direct shots to the head, some zombies have been locked in rooms for years before Our Guys find them and the zombies are still doing good without food for all that time.

We assume they want to bite us because they are ravenously hungry and want to consume our flesh for food. But zombies don’t seem to need food to keep going. How hungry can they be?

Plus, zombies don’t have a beating heart or working lungs. They don’t need air to survive. They don’t even need their bodies to survive— remember Herschel’s head? So we are supposed to believe they have functional digestive systems without functioning hearts and lungs to support them?

Without a functioning digestive system, what zombies eat would just accumulate in the zombie gut until the undigested mass got so heavy that it would overtax the fragile zombie skin and tissue and the guts would fall clear out.

But there is another reason zombies might have an instinct to bite: zombies cannot reproduce sexually. You’ve never seen a pregnant zombie giving birth. If a male zombie tried to have sex with a lady zombie, could he even do it without breaking off vital bits?

The only way a zombie has of making more zombies is to bite a human. And he can’t bite off too much. If zombies ate a human right down to the bones it would not be able to reanimate as a functioning zombie.

So, when a zombie is coming at you with intent to bite, it’s not that he thinks of you as food. It’s just that the zombie really likes you a lot and wants you to join the herd. It’s flattering, really. But it’s best to blow the zombie’s head off anyway.


What’s new: I’m on Wattpad now. Wattpad is a social media for readers and writers, where writers share stories and other things for free. My profile on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/NissaAnnakindt I’m currently putting up one of my poetry books for free there, but I’m working on a zombie story to put up there.

 

2 thoughts on “Why do zombies want to bite us? Nutrition or Reproduction?

  1. I have seen a movie with a zombie that gives birth to a zombie baby. I don’t recall what movie it was, but it was set in a mall.

  2. It’s a metaphor for sin. Why do a bunch of promiscuous high schoolers mock the one virgin? Or guys who get drunk or high ridicule the teetotaler? If you live a righteous life you don’t have to hold up signs saying “God Hates You!” to infuriate people. Just leading a better life than theirs hurts their self esteem and makes them mad.

    Zombies have despaired of living again and want others to wallow in their undeadness.

    I will follow you on Wattpad,Nissa. I plan on publishing some short stories there. Maybe my first novel too. (Then I can drum up funds for self publishing and put it on perma-free on Kindle as well as Smashwords and other sites.)

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