Chapter 1460: Route of transmission
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
After Zhou Jing left, Zhang Zian suddenly remembered that he forgot to ask which aquarium she worked in, because there are several aquariums in San Francisco and the surrounding area. Which might be the one that she is working at?
However, this matter is not urgent. It is not too late, later on, to call and ask her when he decides to go to the aquarium. It is not necessary to ask her that now. He doesn’t want to disturb others whilst they are in class. It is not easy to work and study while studying, especially in San Francisco, a city that has an outrageous cost of rent.
If he is lucky, you can ask her if her aquarium is still hiring. Even if she doesn’t, he can be introduced to the situation of other aquariums. After all, she has been in San Francisco for a relatively long period.
Famous asked, “The animal from just now is called a coyote?”
“En,” Zhang Zian asked, “You haven’t been touched by its teeth or saliva?”
“No.” Famous was convinced.
“What’s going on with the coyote? Why is there such a beast in San Francisco?” He asked, and went back with Zhang Zian towards the house.
“Wait a minute.”
Zhang Zian noticed that there was a wet stain on the pavement and stopped Famous because Famous might just step on this wet stain with two more steps.
“Is this…water? Or is it sweat?” He bent over and looked closely, but couldn’t tell. Maybe it was Zhou Jing’s sweat, maybe it was dripping water from a passing car, or maybe it was the saliva sprayed by the Pomeranian’s barking…all options are possible.
Famous didn’t understand what a small wet stain can be fussed about by him, but Zhang Zian’s expression was serious, so it didn’t dare to take it lightly.
“It’s not water or sweat. It seems like…the coyote’s urine.” Its nose has been able to distinguish the nature of the wet stain on this road.
Zhang Zian sighed for a moment and drew an arc over it, “Come around, don’t step on it.”
“You want to protect the scene?” Famous wondered. It could only think of such an explanation.
“No.” Zhang Zian shook his head. “Some diseases, such as Mad Cow disease, can be transmitted through urine. That is, even stepping barefooted on infected lawns with infected cattle’s ** and pee may also cause one to be infected.”
Famous was taken aback, even thinking that he had heard it wrongly, “You can even get infected by walking barefoot on the lawn covered with urine?”
“In theory, of course, though the probability of infection is very low. However, there is no need to take this risk, right?” He looked around, picked up a tree branch, and dug some soil to cover the urine.
Although it sounds incredible, it is the case. What caused the BSE to spread is a special type of virus…It is not accurate to say that it is a virus. It is more of a special protein that humans know very little, and urine may contain this special protein.
He didn’t want to be a sad story, but he was careful so that he can continue living for a good many years. If he was infected because he stepped on the urine, it would be an unjust death.
Humans wear shoes well. Even if they have stepped on the mad cow’s urine, it is not a problem, but Famous is barefoot, and the other elves are also barefoot.
Famous bypassed the urine covered by the beach, and he turned back and looked back frequently.
A man and a dog walked back from the stairs to the bedroom on the second floor, and the other elves gathered curiously beside the balcony door to witness what had happened earlier. Thus, they had all heard Zhang Zian’s words.
Zhang Zian first entered Zhou Jing’s number into his mobile phone and then relayed the conversation he had with Father Yang on the plane to the elves. Richard also made some extra additions about Ghent University.
What he didn’t expect was that upon hearing about the coyote attack on the plane, he gets to see them on his first day in San Francisco.
“Why do coyotes go crazy?” The question of Famous is also a common question between Zhang Zian and the other elves.
Since the primitive era, human beings have dominated the earth for tens of thousands of years. Needless to say, existing animals basically instinctively fear humans, or they try to live in harmony with humans like cats and dogs. How will any dare to actively attack humans?
The possibility that they have all gone crazy does not exist. The most likely explanation is that they are sick or poisoned, which leads to their unconscious behavior and aggressive nature.
The coyotes being poisoned is actually okay, for at least it is not contagious. Unless the toxin is spread by the carcasses of other animals after death, it will be more dangerous, but the scope of the spread is also likely to be very limited.
He is afraid that it is an infectious disease that has not been discovered by humans…or an infectious disease that has been discovered by humans but not known if canines will be infected by it.
Famous remembered the scene of confrontation just now and described the look of the coyote, mainly about its eyes being dim and gray, and the lack of a sense of direction.
This reminds Zhang Zian of the dog he saw in the pet clinic, and its eyes appear to be whitish and gray, which is a rare feature.
Chinese dogs, American coyotes…They are separated by the Pacific Ocean, but is there any connection between them?
Dogs and coyote are canines. Many people have misunderstood that dogs are dogs and wolves are wolves. In fact, dogs are not a separate species at all, and they are biologically equivalent to wolves.
Defining a species requires that the offspring of this species that breeds within the species have stable and fertile traits and that they cannot breed with other species. Even if they did, the offspring that is born is infertile. In short, it is reproductive isolation.
From this definition, dogs, wolves, and coyotes are all the same species. They can be freely paired and reproduced, and their offsprings are fertile.
If a certain infectious disease can be transmitted to wolves, it must also be able to be transmitted to dogs and coyotes, and vice versa.
He tried to sort out his thoughts.
He previously suspected that the American dog food named Loshi caused strange diseases in Chinese dogs, and further caused the strange illness of the staff at the waste recycling station. However, he could not determine the root cause of the strange disease. The toxin in dog food is caused by the germs in dog food, and it is not certain whether it is able to transmit freely. If the toxin spreads between dog food, dog meat, and then to people, it is called transmission, not an infection.
But from the test report given by Wei Kang, from the routine inspection, he could not find any special harmful ingredients in that bag of dog food…
Except for one point-the meat in dog food, which is a complex source of protein, has large particles from chicken, duck, fish, and beef, common meats in the market. However, the source of finely grounded meat powder was not detected.
The meat powder is not necessarily meat or at least 99% of the time, and it is not meat. If it is meat, it is not necessary to grind it into powder. Generally, it is the powder made after the bones or animal organs are dried.
As for what kind of animal it is…he always thought it was a stray cat or a stray dog, or from the cat and dog carcasses from an animal shelter that had been euthanized because no one adopted it. However, perhaps there is something else? After all, it’s easy for such activities to be leaked. Once leaked by the animal shelter staff who cannot keep their mouths shut, it is likely that the entire operations will be shut down.
Will it be some kind of wild animal? Some kind of wild animal that can be used as both a coyote control and a dog food ingredient?
Chapter 1461: The Evidence Trail Ends
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Zhang Zian is, after all, not a biology student. The relationship between dogs, coyotes, dog food, and people is tangled together like a mess, but there is one most critical gap, so the entire sage doesn’t make sense to him.
“π, if you have some free time, can you help me find out, what exactly is making San Francisco’s coyotes go crazy?”
When he saw that π was awake, he asked it for its help.
If it’s not to the point where he really can’t figure it out, he doesn’t want to bother π. It is very tiring to sit and type in front of the computer every day. When one has some time, they should be more active and play with everyone instead of opening the unknown book and inquire about the secrets of the world. Besides, he had just made it check the details of the old landlord.
If for every major event or small incident that happens, he consults the nameless book to find the cause, it will greatly increase its burden and increase its inertia. Just look at the streets. Homeless men who have complete hands and feet but are simply waiting for death. They are used to filling their stomach without hard work, and will slowly become a wasted person.
Using your brain is a good thing, and it should be used more often.
If there is more time, he is willing to think more about it, but the problem is that the situation is quite serious now. The key is that the public still knows nothing about it. If things continue on like this, China will face more trouble than the United States.
Π nodded without hesitation, took a chair, and opened the unknown book. It then proceeded to flip through the pages.
Generally speaking, this process will last for a long time. There are hundreds of coyotes in San Francisco, and not all of them are aggressive, perhaps even at varying degrees. This makes it difficult for π to define what is “crazy” and why they behave in that manner.
However, Zhang Zian merely turned around a little, and π stopped turning the pages.
It is impossible to find the reason so quickly, so π must have found another problem.
Π started the hibernating computer, and typed a line in the document: it involves other elves, and cannot be queried.
Zhang Zi reassured himself. He seemed to have seen this reason before, and it appeared in the cat abuse incident and prevented π from finding the whereabouts of the cat god statue through the unknown book. Now, it is here again.
Which elf is involved this time?
He can’t guess, and there is no way he can guess.
The last clue he had to cheat was also ruthlessly cut off.
“I am now hungry,” Fina said indifferently.
Four simple words, like a fast knife, momentarily slice off all the mess.
The sky is big, and the importance of a meal is equally great.
No matter how big the dog food incident is, it is imperative to fill one’s belly first.
Egypt and Germany have their own special local delicacies, but what about America? The United States is often derided as a young country with only a history of just about 200 years. Many claim this is no history at all, and of course, correspondingly, there is no traditional cuisine. However, the United States is an immigrant country, and its food is a hodgepodge. Immigrants from all over the world come here to cook their own hometown food out of their homesickness. Over time, magically modified food from various countries can be found here.
What’s special in San Francisco is the mobile dining car on the street, which is almost the same as China’s early stall, but it looks taller and bigger and maybe more hygienic.
The mobile dining car is a special kind of truck. It can open a wide window on the side, and the body of the car is painted with bright and eye-catching spray paint. After driving to the destination, pushing the window open is equivalent to the signal of its opening for business. Fried chicken, pizza, pasta, and attractive ice cream, almost all the junk food you can imagine can be found here … but they are not delicious.
Zhang Zian went out to buy breakfast. Famous also wanted to follow in order to prevent another coyote from attacking, but the sun has already risen, and the streets are gradually becoming lively. It is unlikely that there will be another coyote.
After half an hour or so, he returned with two bags of fast food in his hand—when he went there, he went on foot. However, when he came back, he drove a rented car and filled it with gas.
Upon smelling the smell of food, the elves with empty stomachs can’t wait any longer. Snowy Lionet did not wait for him to put the plastic bag on the table, and anxiously wanted to tear the plastic bag with its claws.
“Quack! Such a strong curry flavor, which Indian brother did you this idiot hook up with again?” Richard turned off the TV and came over to join in the fun.
Zhang Zian was unclear as to what special foods the colorful dining cars sell, so he simply bought one or two of each item. He also bought himself an ice cream cone, because he had the feeling that the elves would pick all the meat in the food, leaving him with a lot of lettuce leaves and crusts. At least, they would not eat ice cream.
Fina chose a lobster sandwich. Two pieces of bread were sandwiched together with overflowing large pieces of lobster meat. It was supplemented with natural butter. With a bite, the full-bodied protein taste covered its mouth. It was a very healthy meal.
Snowy Lionet chose a burger that looked like it probably does not sell well, and in Richard’s words, it was like “hamburger **.” However, that was the signature food of the famous Me So Hungry dining car-The Monster Burger. The burger is generously sandwiched with several thick layers of ingredients. The main feature is the combination of the Angus beef patties and bacon. It is coated with full-fat cheese and served with Asian barbecue sauce. Eating one can meet the energy requirements of an entire morning. Snowy Lionet, expectedly, picked out the lettuce and tomatoes and threw them out.
Another thing that puzzled Zhang Zian is, does this dining car brand name conform to English grammar? If it was in Chinese, might it be ridiculed? It seems that Americans are also blind from G8 when naming their companies …
Old Time Tea chose crepes with steak filling, while Famous picked up some burritos.
“Quack! Have you this idiot forgot something?” Richard looked here and then looked over there, look over that. All that is left is ice cream and ancient-baked pizza, which is obviously not what it can eat.
“Who do you think the lettuce and tomato slices are left for?” Zhang Zian pointed to the vegetables picked out by Snowy Lion.
Richard screamed indignantly, “You little prick with no conscience, would it kill you to order for me a vegetable and fruit salad? I wish you get a very big boyfriend and who will feed you large hot dogs every day!”
Zhang Zian: “… It seems you don’t even want to eat lettuce leaves.”
“A man with such a small temperament … no wonder he can’t find his girlfriend.” Richard was really afraid he would throw away all the vegetables, and quickly picked up the lettuce and tomatoes and flew away. This is because it didn’t eat much on the plane yesterday. He stole a few leaves while he was eating an airplane meal, but he got up this morning and hasn’t ** till now.
Except for Richard, who only ate till it was half full, the other elves ate till they were full.
Since they had come to San Francisco, they have to go out and play no matter what. Especially since he is traveling at his own expense, to not do so means wasting the trip. Something he certainly was not looking forward to.
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