A couple months ago I started watching the first season of a television show called Zoo that I came across on Netflix. Zoo is a dramatic thriller based on the novel Zoo, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. It is one of those shows that is not necessarily bad, but it probably will not be winning awards anytime soon. It was not until I really started paying attention to it that I noticed it is actually about an apocalypse; an animal induced apocalypse. Slowly, animals begin to randomly attack humans for sport rather than survival.
At first, most people do not notice that the attacks seem to be for sport, and ignore the growing problem. However, a team of five experts realize that something is up and as a result, it is up to them to find a cure. As the show progresses, so do the animal attacks. They are as simple as birds flying into a plane, as complex as a pride of lions attacking an African village, and as bizarre as a pack of rats attempting to overrun an island dependent on tourism. The group experts eventually discover that the animals have developed the ability to communicate cross-species. They believe that the animals are experiencing a genetic mutation. Their job is to find a cure that would reverse the mutated gene, thus not having to wipeout the entire animal population.
Aside from it not being the best show, I found it fascinating. Most apocalyptic literature and media are based on human induced/caused problems. This is the first apocalyptic book or movie that I have seen that based the cause of the apocalypse on the animals. Although the experts think the behavior is caused by a genetic mutation, they also believe that the animals have come to a realization that they no longer want to be pushed around and controlled by humans, as they had been in the past.
Even though this is not a very realistic cause for an apocalypse, I found it to be a fascinating theory, and poses the question, would it ever be possible for the animal kingdom would turn on humans and attack us in real life?