Animals Wildlife How Parasites Have Perfected the Art of Manipulation By Jaymi Heimbuch Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jaymi Heimbuch Updated June 05, 2017 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Animals Wildlife Pets Animal Rights Endangered Species Parasites are more impressively manipulative than even the most imaginitive science fiction writer could dream up. For example: "This caterpillar is a head-banging, zombie-bodyguard defending the offspring of the creature that killed it." Yes, a parasite did that to a caterpillar. This and other science craziness in this incredible TED talk by science writer Ed Yong.