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Let's discuss evil animals.
I know, animals are neither good nor evil, they just follow blah blah. Well check out some of these behaviors.

Witch Doctor Wasp: Turns Spiders into Zombies
The wasp bites the spider, paralyzing same, and lays eggs into. Eggs hatch, larva eats spider from inside, finally killing it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymenoepimecis_argyraphaga

I read somewhere this served as partial inspiration for the Xenomorphs in the Alien series.
 
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Cowbirds

Cowbirds lay their eggs in the spring. Thing is, they sometimes lay their eggs in other birds' nests. What if the other birds already laid eggs there? The cowbirds push them out. Oh you bad, bad cowbirds.

http://nestwatch.org/learn/general-bird-nest-info/brown-headed-cowbirds/

The poor landlord birds don't realize they are foster parents and will labor tirelessly to take care of their charges (often larger than the hosts).
 

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You should check out Canine Distemper virus or CDV, its a virus similar to that of Measels in humans. But the virus has been spreading to large cats such as tigers and mountain lions. When it does this it has strange effects on big cats, like them loosing their fear of humans and wandering into large populated areas. Apparently they are in a zombie like state when infected by the virus which is spread through contact with contaminated blood.
 

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Remoras and Lampreys

Remoras have something like suction cups on the top of their fish heads. They suck up (so to speak) to larger fish (like sharks) and feed on the scraps and leftovers. The host fish provides transportation and food. The remora provides...nothing. Maybe they sing to their hosts when underway. Link says they sometimes help with the cleaning so think of the sister-in-law that won't move out.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/497706/remora


Worse than the Remora is the Lamprey (and it's sleazy cousing the Hag Fish). Lamps bite into a larger fish and hang on, sucking the life out of. When the hosts weakens and dies the Lamper logs off and finds another host. Think of the brother-in-law that won't move out.
http://www.glfc.org/sealamp/
 

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Mosquitos, Fleas, Ticks

Mosquitos are little bugs that usually drill into plants and suck their juices. Problem is, when the she-squito is ready to lay eggs (and what she-squito doesn't want to be a mommy?) she needs an extra jolt of nutrition (protein), so she drills into the nearest animal (remember, people are animals too). She hurts you, takes your blood, and flies away. Some of you have had marriages like this.

Fleas are tiny little bugs that dig into your cat or dog's fur (or other animals. Or sometimes you) and suck blood. Ick.

Ticks are little animals that like to climb up weeds and use their hook-legs to catch passers-by. They climb up to a nice quiet place (behind the dog's ears, in a person's armits), bite into, and start sucking. (One of my unpleasant childhood memories is of my neighbor plucking ticks from his dog and squasing them. Blood, ugh.)

These pests and parasites drain our blood. In return they bring us diseases; Malaria, Bubonic Plague, Lyme disease, and many many more.
 

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bark beetles.

"Call it a vicious cycle: drought, wildfires and bark beetles.
California's historic drought stresses trees across the state, making them ideal prey for bark beetles. The insect infestations dry out vegetation further, creating forests that can light up like tinder. Fires then damage more trees, attracting more beetles, and turning more forests brown."

bad, bad beetles.

(source:)http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disast...hern-Californias-Valley-Fire-Destruction.html
 
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Here's one we see out here. From Wiki...

The female tarantula hawk captures, stings, and paralyzes the spider, then either drags her prey back into her own burrow or transports it to a specially prepared nest, where a single egg is laid on the spider’s abdomen, and the entrance is covered.[1] Sex of the larvae is determined by fertilization; fertilized eggs produce females while unfertilized eggs produce males.[1] When the wasp larva hatches, it creates a small hole in the spider's abdomen, then enters and feeds voraciously, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep the spider alive.[1] After several weeks, the larva pupates. Finally, the wasp becomes an adult, and emerges from the spider's abdomen to continue the life cycle. Adult Tarantula wasps are nectarivorous. The consumption of fermented fruit sometimes intoxicates them to the point that flight becomes difficult. While the wasps tend to be most active in daytime summer months, they tend to avoid high temperatures. The male tarantula hawk does not hunt; instead, it feeds off the flowers of milkweeds, western soapberry trees, or mesquite trees (females feed on these same plants, as well).[2] Male tarantula hawks have been observed practicing a behavior called hill-topping, in which they sit atop tall plants and watch for passing females ready to reproduce. Females are not very aggressive, in that they are hesitant to sting, but the sting is extraordinarily painful.
 

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Phorid fly. Imported as a natural enemy of the fire ant.

http://web.biosci.utexas.edu/fireant/FAQ Answers.html

When the target is chosen, the phorid darts in, injects an egg into the ant's body, and gets away at high speed. The attack takes a fraction of a second and leaves the ant partly paralyzed and disoriented for a minute or so before she staggers off to join her sisters!

The injected egg develops in the ant's thorax until after about ten days the ant dies after the larva moves into the ant's head. The head falls off and the larva eventually pupates in the safety of the hard chitin shell that once housed the ant's jaw muscles and brain. Adult flies emerge from pupae about 45 days after the original attack.
Fire ants. Pure evil!! :)
 
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