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Researcher Field Note - 1463 is a NERO Intel in Days Gone.

Description[]

The remains of a Canis lupus mutans are examined. Log Note: Dr. Anderson wants it noted that he does not completely agree with Lieutenant Stewart's assessment that we're dealing with zoonotic neuroinvasive disease.

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SFX: CAVE INTERIOR, NERO PERSONNEL MOVING IN THE BACKGROUND

Lt. Stewart: Field Note One Four Six Three. We are at the designated site Three Zero One, the Dead Coyote Lava Cave — ironically named since we're here inspecting the remains of a Canis lupus mutans — Runners, as the locals like to call them.

Cpl. Esposito: Hey, I've been meaning to ask one of you guys —

Lt. Stewart: "You guys"?

Cpl. Esposito: Yeah — you know, in the Research Division. Uh, how'd the virus, you know, jump?

Lt. Stewart: You mean, how did it jump species?

Cpl. Esposito: Yeah, I mean, we seen it in cats, dogs, birds, these wolves — I — I didn't think that was possible.

Lt. Stewart: Do you know what viral zoonotic neuroinvasive disease is, Corporal?

Cpl. Esposito: Nah — don't have a clue.

Lt. Stewart: Think — rabies. Just like the Hooligan virus, rabies spreads through contact with fluids — saliva, blood, semen.

Cpl. Esposito: Aw, that's just gross.

Lt. Stewart: And while it primarily infects mammals, lab cultures have shown that it can also infect birds, reptiles, even insects. Do you know how many mammals there are in the world?

SFX: BACKGROUND VICES

Cpl. Esposito: A lot, I'm guessing.

Lt. Stewart: Yes, "a lot." Five thousand, four hundred and eighty-eight, to be exact — depending on who you ask. All of which — cats, rabbits, dogs, horses, skunks, opossums, foxes, monkeys, groundhogs, and yes, wolves, can be infected and can spread the virus.

Cpl. Esposito: Jesus — what's it mean? For us, I mean.

Lt. Stewart: Look at the musculature on this subject — the swollen and distended supraglenoid tubercle, the ulnar and radial tuberosities — a normal wolf? Could run thirty-one to thirty-seven miles per hour. This guy? He could top out at sixty. And he could chew the tire off a motorcycle while doing it.

Lt. Stewart: What it means for us, Corporal, is that we should be glad that most mammals are going extinct. Better them than us. Come on, let's get out of here.

SFX: RECORDING CUTS OFF

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