‘Zombie deer’ threatening to invade US state


It may sound like the setup for a low budget horror film, but wildlife officials have warned of the genuine threat of zombie deer.

Regulators are working overtime to stop the afflicted animals from reaching Nevada, worried that the chronic wasting disease that gives them their name could make them a danger to humans.

The highly contagious terminal illness has been compared to mad cow disease in cattle and makes the deer lethargic and extremely weak – but also neutralises their usual fear of people.