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"Once the chickens became zombies, the war was lost."

Sometimes the Zombie Apocalypse, not unlike the bird flu, can carry to other species.

Yes, occasionally even dead animals can be revived into shambling monstrosities after human flesh. This can reach such levels of ridiculousness as (as suggested by the title) meat animating itself and moving around.

In video games, these animals are often also an example of Night of the Living Mooks, but not always.

In works where zombie humans have Zombie Gait, for some reason animals almost never move slower. If anything, they might even get a speed or strength bonus. Can in some cases be justified when zombification reduces brain function, as it takes more dexterity for a biped to run without falling over. Can also be justified in that the zombie plague causes the higher brain functions to cease, while the animal part of the brain keeps functioning. If the subject's already an animal, then there's no hindrance. Likewise, the fact that zombies don't get tired may work in a reanimated animal's favor, as many living carnivores are sprinters, unable to sustain high speeds for long.


See also Non-Human Undead for non-humanoid undead other than normal animals, such as Dracolich for zombie dragons.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • A puppy that Yuki brings home in School-Live! turns into a zombie. In the anime, due to Adaptation Expansion, the dog Taroumaru is still alive and the Team Pet instead of the One-Shot Character he was in the manga. In the tenth episode we find out he's become a zombie. It's noted that only mammals seem to turn into zombies.
  • Junji Ito's manga Gyo is about Japan being invaded by undead fish on mechanical legs. This may or may not be caused by an old biological weapon created by the Japanese army during World War 2. The fish themselves are already dead, the legs seem to be powered by the gas generated by a contagious bacteria thats animating the corpses. Maybe. It's a pretty bizarre story.
  • An early chapter of Pokémon Adventures had Red having to battle against undead Pokemon.
  • Overlord: During the battle against the Lizardmen, the undead army includes zombie dogs, boars, and even a bear.
  • Romero from Zombie Land Saga is a cute little dog who also happens to be a zombie and occasionally Art Shifts into a more realistically-drawn and terrifying appearance. Since the main characters are zombie Idol Singers, it's only natural that the Team Pet of their group is one as well.
  • The Death Mage Who Doesn't Want a Fourth Time: Vandalieu uses his Death-attribute magic to raise the skeletons of a bird, a monkey, a bear and a wolf to serve as fighting force. They are eventually combined into Knochen, who now can create its own skeletal minions, among them animal skeletons.
  • The Arms Peddler: Garami's cart is pulled by a zombie horse, pretty much the definition of Boring, but Practical as it it doesn't need food, rest, or need to stop, but it can't move as fast as a living horse, meaning mounted bandits are still a threat.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering is no stranger to undead animals, with nearly every set having at least quite a few (in fact, nearly all Black-aligned animals that aren't rats or insects are undead). Storywise, the plane of Amonkhet has every living thing in it become a zombie upon death, which includes everything from snake to cats to gigantic Sand Worms. Liliana Vess exploits this to kill Razaketh by turning the waters of the Luxa River into blood, killing everything within it, and then dominating the resulting horde of undead fishes, snakes and crocodiles.
  • Munchkin has an Undead Horse, undead ears, and Zombees, which are just what you'd think they'd be.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has many. Examples include Corroding Shark (a zombie shark), Mammoth Graveyard (a skeleton mammoth), Des Lacooda (a camel mummy), Pyramid Turtle, Bone Mouse, Plague Wolf, Skelesaurus, Zombie Tiger and several dragon zombies one of which is simply called Dragon Zombie.

    Comic Books 
  • Beasts of Burden: Undead animals show in a number of stories. "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" features a band of zombie dogs, and "The View from the Hill" features ghostly sheep.
  • In Creature Tech, the blood of Christ in the Shroud of Turin can heal wounds and raise the dead. When the shroud accidentally comes into contact with some meat in a butcher shop, the various cuts assemble themselves into a sentient Meat Man.
  • The Final Plague is about animals zombifying and attacking humanity.
  • One of the stories in The Halo Graphic Novel involves a Flood infestation on a Covenant supply ship. They completely wipe out and assimilate the onboard wildlife reservation.
  • Hitman: Tommy and friends experience "Zombie Night At Gotham Aquarium," which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. note 
  • In the Tales From the Crypt story "Squash... Anyone?", there is a zombie elephant, rendered in wonderfully revolting detail by Graham Ingels.
  • In the New 52's reboot of Swamp Thing, the Big Bad is Death itself (technically, the Rot) personified. As such, Alec must face such undead abominations as zombie pigs and a reanimated woolly mammoth fossil.
  • In Hack/Slash, slashers often have powers of some kind, usually having something to do with their MO from when they were alive. Bobby Brunswick, who worked at an animal clinic euthanizing animals before he died, has the power to raise dead animals and command them to do his bidding.
  • Afterlife with Archie begins when Jughead's pet dog Hot Dog is accidentally hit by Reggie's car. Jughead has Sabrina the Teenage Witch revive him but Hot Dog comes back as a zombie and bites Jughead. This causes a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • One story in WildStorm's Resident Evil anthology comic has a security guard fighting his way through infected animals of a zoo, which includes tigers, snakes, gorillas and prairie dogs. When the character returns in the sequel comic Fire and Ice, he is jumped by a zombie lion ("Not this again! Why is it always animals?").
  • In All-New Captain America, the vampire Baron Blood takes out Redwing the falcon, only for Redwing to return as a vampire falcon, still loyal to Sam Wilson.
  • Previously, Marvel had a vampire animal in the form of Bessie the Hellcow. No, really. Vampirised by Dracula himself, apparently by accident when he really needed some blood, she stalked the night for 300 years and her milk bestows vampric regeneration. (She was a Howard the Duck character who later appeared in Deadpool Team-Up, so "making sense" wasn't a huge priority.)
  • In Zombies Christmas Carol, zombified, ghostly horses are seen on the stairs to Scrooge's bedroom, and as a young man Scrooge contracted the Hungry Death from an infected horse.
  • In Blackest Night, Black Lantern Aquaman is shown commanding skeletal fish, while riding a zombified version of his Seahorse Steed, Storm. Solivar, the late king of Gorilla City, also becomes a Black Lantern.
  • An early issue of The Goon featured a gigantic zombie chimpanzee.

    Fan Works 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Crowned Death and his minions can make zombie animals. "Interception" has a giant zombie octopus, while "Backfire — Part 1" has undead shrimp, whales, starfish and even an entire coral reef.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Princess Mononoke, Moro's severed head is briefly reanimated upon contact with the Forest Spirit's black goo... whereupon it proceeds to lunge at Lady Eboshi and bite off her arm.
  • Frankenweenie is about a boy who resurrects his dog a la Frankenstein. Near the climax, several other kids try their hands at necromancy, with such results as a mummy hamster, a kaiju turtle (no relation), a were-rat, and a vampire cat.
  • ParaNorman: In addition to human ghosts, Norman can see the ghosts of animals, including a raccoon and a dog.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A Little Bit Zombie: Steve's zombification starts after he's bitten by an undead mosquito.
  • In The Return of the Living Dead, zombifying gas spreads throughout a medical supply warehouse, reanimating half a dog and a butterfly collection. (On the other hand, when the gas spreads over the town, the only zombies we see are human.) A giant rat gets brought back in Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis, while several lab mice (including the so-called "Mr. Stinky") become infected in Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave.
  • Dead Heat: An Asian butcher shop is subjected to reanimating energies, causing hook-suspended ducks to quack, headless chickens to blunder about blindly, and an entire dressed beef carcass to lurch out of the freezer and grapple a hero inside its body cavity.
  • Resident Evil: Extinction has zombie crows, and all three films have zombie dogs.
  • Poltergeist: One of the ickier feats of ghostly telekinesis is a raw steak slithering along a kitchen counter.
  • In 28 Days Later the zombie Rage virus was originally tested on and spread by chimpanzees.
  • Re-Animator: Herbert West, like many a real-world medical scientist, tests his methods on animals first. This includes a cat in the first movie and a rat the third (a rat that, apparently, learnt kung fu by becoming a zombie).
  • In Slither the alien slugs reveal capable of infecting other animals beyond humans, as one of the main characters is attacked by a zombified deer. Not to mention The Stinger in which the surviving alien parasite infects a cat.
  • In Film The Mad, one of the characters is attacked by a zombie hamburger patty.
  • The Gamers: Dorkness Rising: After defeating Mort Kemnon and realising he was not the Big Bad, sorceress Luster hands a note to the DM: "Raise Dead on the turkey". That they were roasting over their campfire. It kills the bard before getting eaten (and still zombie'd).
  • In Daybreakers, there's mention of vampire animals. Apparently, they keep igniting in the sun, leading to forest fires. Also, the main character, a vampire scientist trying to find a viable blood substitute, has a laboratory full of vampirised test animals.
  • Zoltan Hound Of Dracula: A dog is discovered with a stake through its heart. Removing the stake leads to the vampire Rottweiler reviving with a thirst for blood. Flashbacks reveal that this was originally an Evil-Detecting Dog, turned by Dracula in vengeance after it protected a woman from him. Once revived, Zoltan starts turning other dogs.
  • Dead Sushi features, you guessed it, zombie sushi.
  • Zombie Apocalypsehas a pair of zombie tigers. Unlike human zombies, they drag prey into hiding to eat.
  • In I Am Legend, dogs are naturally immune to airborne infection by the vampiric KV virus but not to infection by bite. Two vampire dogs appear midway during the movie as threats and they end up infecting Neville's pet dog Sam, who he fails to cure and ends up having to Mercy Kill. Neville himself keeps vampire rats for study while struggling to develop a cure.
  • Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse features a zombie deer in one scene, and a lot of zombie cats in another.
  • Black Sheep (2007) involves zombie sheep who turn humans into weresheep.
  • Train to Busan has a deer being hit and killed by a car, only for it to start moving in a jerky, unnatural way and get up on its feet again. Cue Scare Chord-shot of its white, dead eyes.
  • Zoombies is about a zombie outbreak that affects the animals in a wildlife park and turns them all into vicious, flesh-eating predators, including obligate herbivores like giraffes.
  • 13 Ghosts: One of the baker's dozen of specters in the original movie is a ghost lion.
  • In Death Spa, Catherine locks Lt. Fletcher in the club's cold room and then reanimates the eels being stored in there for sushi. One of them rips his throat out.
  • The Jurassic Dead: As the title implies, this movie has a zombie dinosaur in it. However, at the beginning of the movie, Dr. Borge demonstrates his resurrection chemical by resurrecting a cat.

  • According to local legend, Pond Lane, Charing Cross, London, where Sir Francis Bacon experimented with packing a chicken with snow to see if it would act as a preservative, only to catch a chill and die, is haunted not by the ghost of Sir Francis, but that of the half-plucked chicken.
  • Ghost pets are an extremely common report across many parts of the world.
  • Japanese fishermen tell tales of Bakekujira, which is the animated skeleton of a dead whale that brings misfortune and plague wherever it goes.
  • English folklore is full of ghostly hounds, typically haunting graveyards.


  • Everworld: A fight begins during a diplomatic feast. Merlin reanimates the animals cooked for it (including a boar). He also reanimates people that died during the fight so that they can keep fighting.
  • Simon R. Green:
    • In The Gods of Haven, thousands of enraged animal ghosts are called up from a slaughterhouse, materialize as zombies, and embark on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against humanity.
    • Ghost Finders: It's not clear if they're technically undead or not, but Ghost of a Smile has a room full of animated black-market transplant organs attack the heroes and try to get inside them.
  • In Stephen King's Pet Sematary, there's a special burial ground and anyone buried there will come back to life. Several people have buried dead pets there, and they were brought back to life, but something always seem "off" about them. Regardless, aside from some odd behavior, reanimated animals are mostly harmless. However, burying humans there is disastrous. Any humans brought back this way are the very definition of Came Back Wrong, and its all but stated that they're really possessed by whatever supernatural force inhabits that land. Presumably, animals are too but their brains arent advanced enough to allow for true possession.
  • The Odyssey: Tiresias and Circe tell Odysseus that his men must not eat the sun god's cattle while on his island. Naturally, they do, since the island didn't have much more than herbs. However, the meat doesn't stay dead, and starts to moo on the spit as it roasts. And once they leave the island... though the intention was not a Zombie Apocalypse, but an omen that the sun god was pissed off and about to get revenge.
  • One of the rules of necromancy in The Dresden Files is that it's often not worth it to raise a zombie animal, as animals leave shallower "psychic footprints" than humans and thus don't have as much power when raised (consider that a human zombie, in deference to tradition, is typically as strong as the Terminator). Harry, however, being Crazy Awesome, latches onto two of the other rules — first, that it is technically not illegal to raise animals, and second, that the older something is, the deeper its "footprint" becomes — and applies these rules to Sue, the 65 million year old T. rex skeleton at the Natural History Museum. And then he rode it into battle. (Consider that a fossil isn't even an actual skeleton, but an imprint filled with minerals. So basically, he's reanimated a dinosaur partially made of rock.)
  • The Kellis-Amberlee virus of the Newsflesh Trilogy affects any mammal over forty pounds. This includes large dogs, horses, cows...and whales. This is actually weaponized in the first book, when a zombie outbreak is deliberately triggered on a horse ranch.
  • Not actually seen, but in On Stranger Tides, when a sorcerer animates a sunken British ship's crew to serve him, and accidentally raises up the Spanish vessel that sank it as well, one character remarks that there are probably fishes swimming about beneath them that'd been skeletons an hour ago.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, anything killed by the Others will rise as a wight. This includes horses (often described as riding around with frosted entrails clinging to their bellies) and bears.
  • Brian Keene:
    • Dead Sea has examples of zombie seagulls, zombie fish and zombie rats.
    • The Rising series — The Rising, City of the Dead, and The Rising: Selected Scenes from the End of the World — has a whole selection of zombie animals spanning from birds to dogs. Zombie insects and zombified plants are also explored in The Rising: Selected Scenes from the End of the World and with zombified plants being hinted towards at the end of City of the Dead.
  • A pack of zombie hyenas appears in Iron Dawn, as products of the demonist's corrupted magic.
  • In the humorous Magitek fantasy novel The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, a seamstress removes a fresh bloodstain from a piece of cloth by having her pet vampster lick it clean. Yes, that's a vampire hamster.
  • In The Radiant Dawn, "cavaliers" ride on undead horses, donkeys, and other animals. They serve as psychic conduits to allow the generals and necromancers to control the "mindless" undead.
  • In the third book of The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce, Daine raises dead dinosaurs and takes them on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge because she thinks Numair has been executed by the Emperor.
  • A vampire version of this appears in Christopher Moore's trilogy about vampires in San Francisco, Love Bites, You Suck and Bite Me. Under the series' rules of how vampirism works, anything that has a vampire's blood in its system, and then dies, comes back as a vampire. Since many animals instinctively fight by biting their attacker, animals get vampirized very easily. At one point in the story there are clouds of mist made of vampire cats flying around. Fortunately, Undeath Always Ends. The further removed vampires in that setting are from the original vampire, the quicker they die naturally or self-destruct psychologically somehow, which is seen with formerly human vampires. Protagonists manage to kill the first vampire cat, and it might never be explicitly stated but we can assume that all animals of a lower "generation" than him fall apart on their own somehow. At one point a flock of vampire parrots bursts into flame in the morning sun simply because they don't know they need to stay away from sunlight.
  • David Drake's The Lord of the Isles features a lot of necromancers who, in their bid to take over the kingdom, love to raise the dead. Their armies include undead infantry, undead cavalry on undead horses, and even undead shock troops in the form of undead woolly mammoths. Undead cyclopses have also been known to appear.
  • In Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series:
    • Animals hate the evil Necromancer Hedge (particularly after he becomes undead himself), so he has to resort to killing and reanimating horses to ride. Plural because, even as Dead entities, they keep finding ways to destroy themselves rather than be near him.
    • Gore-crows are made by ritually killing a number of crows, then imbuing their bodies with a single human Dead spirit to reanimate them as a Hive Mind. The larger the number, the more deadly the swarm is, but the faster they suffer Possession Burnout and the harder it is for the Dead spirit to keep them animate.
  • In Dead Space: Martyr, there is mention of fish becoming Necromorphs and attacking, then infecting other fish around the Black Marker.
  • In Larry Niven's short story "Night on Mispec Moor" the zombifying organism originally evolved to dwell in corpses of native dog-like animals. Then it found human corpses make a good host too.
  • In the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Vampire Science, the scientifically-minded leader of the vampires has performed experiments which show the "V-factor" can be added to any animal. Rather worryingly, she's not sure where the cats are, but she had a snail for a while (until one of the other vampires stood on it, and they decided the kindest thing to do would be to stake it with a toothpick) and undead ameobas that consume red blood cells.
  • Discworld has several examples:
    • Scraps in Carpe Jugulum is The Igor's pet dog. He's what you might call a mixed-breed, and as happy as a dog with two tails. The We R Igors Diary 2015 includes a picture of him, and also Patches the cat.
    • In Reaper Man when Death stops working (when his performance is being evaluated) it also affects animals.
    • Death tried to make use of a skeletal mount once, but found it impractical; he had to keep wiring bits back on. He much prefers his living horse, Binky. The gardens of Death's Domain are still home to skeletal birds, and there are skeletal fish in the pond.note 
    • Wyrd Sisters has the ghostly King Verence, who in life was a keen hunter and fond of his meat, absolutely horrified when he visits the castle kitchens and sees all the unquiet spirits of cow, pig and stag.
    • The spirits of rats appear in Hogfather, Small Gods and Maskerade, being escorted to wherever rats think they go by the Grim Squeaker. Small Gods also has the ghosts of dolphins accompanying the ghostly ship.
  • It is perfectly possible to resurrect animals as Lifeless in Warbreaker. Doing this is fairly rare, as creating a Lifeless is moderately expensive (since you can't reclaim the Breath used to animate it, plus you need special chemicals for best effect) and humans are far more useful in most circumstances.
  • In the picture books and subsequent animated series Funnybones, the two living skeletons have a living skeletal dog.
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta features a necromancer who needs an army and has time to plan. So he's "been collecting corpses like some people collect stamps." His enemies, all experienced monster hunters, react with disbelief:
    • "Armored zombie bear!"
    • "A helmet! Who puts buckets on zombies' heads? That's not fair!"
    • "Where the hell do you get dead elephants anyway?"
    • "Okay, walking dead, that’s fine. Running dead, I can handle. But the flying dead? Hell with this. I quit."
  • Chloe from Darkest Powers is a necromancer who only recently discovered her powers. She accidentally revives decomposed bats while trying to summon Liz's ghost.
  • The zombie virus in My Vampire Older Sister and Zombie Little Sister is fully capable of infecting animals other than humans. At one point, the inhabitants of a zoo fall victim to the virus, resulting in a zombie elephant, a zombie rhino, and a zombie anaconda (among others). It can even infect plants, somehow endowing them with the ability to move.
  • In the Chronicles of the Kencyrath, Ganth Gray Lord rode his warhorse Iron Jaw to death in the Haunted Lands, and like anything that dies there and isn't burnt, Iron Jaw became a haunt. Later shows up as Gerridon's mount.
  • Mary from Trash of the Count's Family utilizes these as well as other Non-Human Undead, usually using Dem Bones to create Mix-and-Match Critters.
  • In That Is All, one of many, many apocalyptic scenarios to come up is the dead returning to life, but curiously, it only seems to effect taxidermied animals, most of whom are unable to escape from their stands, "and their eyes are glass".
    One bearskin rug manages to escape Tom's Stuff 'Em Shop and attempts to smother a passerby. It only succeeds in making him cozy.
  • Remember the Tauntauns, the weird horned arctic lizards from The Empire Strikes Back? The thing Han sliced open to stow a hypothermic Luke inside to keep him warm? Yeah, those show up infected by a Sith zombie plague in Star Wars: Red Harvest.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Pushing Daisies: When you can raise the dead by touching them, be careful not to touch bearskin rugs.
  • In the "Dead Man's Party" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first zombie raised by the mask that houses the demon Ovu Mobani is a cat. It was the corpse closest to the mask though, and most of the corpses it raises are human. The demon require a zombie to put on the mask so it can incarnate, and presumably the body needs to be human).
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The White Walkers use reanimated horses as mounts.
    • In season 7, Jon Snow and his team come across a zombified bear north of the Wall.
  • One episode of Forever Knight features two vampire dogs. One is a blind woman's seeing eye dog. The incident reminds Nick of the time his dog was turned into a vampire. Nick was forced to stake his dog. The seeing eye dog ends up turning its master (and curing her blindness.)
  • In a parody of Pet Semetary, the Zombie Apocalypse episode of Misfits begins with an ill-advised attempt to resurrect a dead cat.

  • The campfire song "Johnny Verbeck's Sausage Making Machine" has this verse:
    One day a little Dutch boy came walking in the store,
    He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor.
    And then he started whistling, he whistled up a tune,
    And all the little sausages went dancing 'round the room!
  • "Zombie Jamboree" makes a brief mention of a "King Kong zombie on the Empire State (Building)".

    Music Videos 
  • Metallica: The video for "All Nightmare Long" has the Russian scientists injecting zombie spores into steaks, and watching them slither around.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • There are skeleton and zombie versions of just about anything (but most notably hounds). A well-played necromancer will not reanimate Demi Humans, but monsters, as they retain qualities they had in life, leading to nice goodies like zombie pyrohydrasnote 
    • Older editions of the game include Animate Dead Animals as a low-level magic spell, useable by novice necromancers who aren't yet powerful enough to affect humanoid corpses.
    • Generally averted with ghosts, as animals lack souls, but then the "Ghost Brute" template was created, which can be applied to animalsnote 
    • The Sandstorm supplement has the death scarab swarm, which is a swarm of undead beetles that acts straight out like those of The Mummy (1999). They can remain inside desert tombs for centuries, but when attacking living being they can consume their preys entirely within a few rounds.
    • Ravenloft: The realm of Forlorn is known for its undead wolf packs, an undead Stock Ness Monster lurks in one of the Core's lakes, and Meredoth the necromancer has been known to raise up undead skeletons of anything from mice to bears to kangaroos.
    • Dragon Magazine 174 describes two varieties of undead wolves: dread wolves, zombies created from reanimated wolf bodies by evil spellcasters, and vampiric wolves created by evil clerics corrupting litters of wolf pups.
  • Warhammer:
    • The Vampire Counts regularly employ undead wolves, horses and bats in their service. The Tomb Kings instead animate the bodies of carrion birds to serve as scouts and to harry enemy troops.
    • Dreadfleet features a giant deep-sea flatfish that swallowed a Skaven submarine. Both monster and crew died when the ratmen tried to eat their way free. Later, the monster's corpse was raised by a Vampire pirate, which raised the Skaven crew as well. The Skaven simply incorporated the monster into their still-swallowed vessel.
    • The Storm of Magic supplement describes undead trees — the Living Deadwood Staff, a creation of an eccentric necromancer known as the Daemon Harborist of Tilea, allows its holder to animate dead trees into horrific, shambling undeath.
  • All Flesh Must Be Eaten provides stats for numerous breeds of undead animal, and they show up in multiple Dead Worlds.
  • An article in Pyramid vol 3 #7 called "Little Bits of Magic", for Urban Fantasy GURPS, included Tina Newman, the Littlest Necromancer, a nine-year-old girl who has reanimated a couple of dozen dead pets, mostly rodents.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Create Undead responds to animals remains as well as it does to humanoid ones, and zombie and skeleton versions of mundane and magical wildlife are both common.
    • Copsewights are undead trees, animated by the same supernatural blight that killed their living selves.

    Video Games 
  • Practically omnipresent throughout the Resident Evil games. Zombie dogs have appeared in most every game to date, and you have also encountered infected crows (very annoying and dangerous), an alligator (in a sewer!), a giant zombie snake, a giant Zombie Man-Eating Plant, and even zombie sharks. Mentioned in the backstory, with Wesker suspicious of why Spencer had a mansion in the middle of a forest, despite knowing that the virus could infect anything and from such a location, could end up infecting everything.
    • Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2 had the protagonists forced to go through the Raccoon City zoo: You get attacked by zombie hyenas, zombie alligators, zombie elephants, and zombie lions.
    • This got to the point that when normal, if aggressive, crocodiles were featured many were speculating on whether or not they were actually infected with anything.
    • The aforementioned Elephant is a major opponent through the zoo, requiring a lot of firepower to put it down. It wanders the zoo and, when it catches up to you, begins actively trying to kill you, forcing you to run. If not killed before the final area, it is the boss of the stage. If you do kill it before leaving the zoo, it gets replaced by an angry male lion.
  • In Dead Rising a zombie poodle is shown during one of the opening Cutscenes. You don't run in to any other zombie animals in the 360 version. The Wii version features them during the normal game.
    • It's debatable if the poodle was even a zombie in the 360 version, it could be the zombies favor human meat exclusively to animals.
    • Zombie penguins are mentioned as being an attraction in Fortune City in the tie-in C.U.R.E. website. None are seen in-game, though.
    • Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop also has zombie parrots. They have an annoying tendency to drop grenades on your head.
    • The only true animal boss of Dead Rising 2, Snowflake, averts this trope entirely. Despite being a dangerous and very hungry tiger surrounded by lots of meaty zombie humans, it isn't a zombie at all as its caretaker has specifically gone out of his way to keep it from zombie meat.
  • Animales de la Muerte, a game currently in development by High Voltage Software, developers of The Conduit, involves zombie zoo animals from a Mexican zoo hit with a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • The Meat Circus in Psychonauts features zombie rabbits that attack Lil' Oly during the Escort Mission.
  • Plants vs. Zombies has zombie dolphins attack the household. The sequel introduces zombie chickens, seagulls, parrots, weasels and dragonflies.
  • In the haunted house level of TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, racks of zombified beef attack you in a kitchen. In another room, a huge mass of flesh bursts out of a wall attached to a stuffed moose head. And we won't even BEGIN to discuss "Princess"...
  • Zombie Carp in Dwarf Fortress. Normal carp are notorious for dragging unlucky dwarves into the water to their doom, but they're generally easy to avoid as long as you stay away from the water. Zombie carp are a whole new magnitude of "scary," being capable of leaving the water and pursuing the hapless dwarves to their very beds. And this isn't even taking into account the possibility of zombie whales...
    • Dead things and dead parts of thing in an evil region can be spontaneously raised as undead, including untanned animal hides and the shells of mussels.
  • Guild Wars has undead dogs (or wolves) and undead horses.
    • Not technically undead, but a similar idea, are the afflicted cows in the second mission of Factions.
    • The Undeath present in Guild Wars 2 is all-encompassing, if you thought zombie cows were bad, just try deal with a zombie chicken with a mean streak a mile wide. The only thing on the planet that can't become a Risen are Sylvari, who are naturally resistant to Zhaitan's influence because they're servants of one of the other dragons.
  • Earthbound and Mother 3 both feature Zombie Dogs.
  • Thunder Force V has the boss "Iron Maiden", a reanimated... animal thingy.
    "It was dead, but alive at the same time."
  • In Dawn of Heroes, the first Epic Monster you have a chance of fighting is a zombie-cow. It gets 'milked' for any number of bad puns. And then it stomps you flat. (Its basic attack does 264 damage. Twice. At the time when you can first face it, your strongest unit MAY have 150 HP.)
  • In World of Warcraft, the undead player's racial mounts are undead, skeletal horses. There are also models for deer, bears, and wolves that look undead and are confirmed to be infected or diseased with something, but not actually undead. Although in Razorfen Downs, the undead Quilboar are happy to send a pack of undead boars to attack you. There are also undead crabs and Murlocs in the Ghostlands, but this is informed, since they look and act exactly like normal crabs and murlocs.
    • In most bodies of water there are swimming schools of fish that serve as decoration. In undead territories, they're fish skeletons.
    • With the introduction of battle pets, there are now plenty of undead creatures that can be added to your colection, including birds, cats, deer, squirrels, or goats. They vary from being decomposing to ghostly or even looking completely alive.
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare: The undead plague has spread to the animals, resulting in undead horses, undead wolves, undead cougars, and undead bears.
  • The popular Half-Life mod, "They Hunger", has zombie dogs, bulls, and chickens.
  • In Dead Space some fish have been infected by Necromorphs and attack each other.
    • The Stalkers are implied to be made of both human and animal corpses, namely household pets like dogs and cats.
    • In the third game, Lurkers are not longer made from infants as in previous games, but the mummified corpses of small dogs.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask introduced undead fish for the water levels.
  • In Cold Fear is stated that Excell were experimented on animals, including dogs and apes. There's also a dead orca whale which hosted several Infectors, which proceed to attack you.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds features a zoo level with zombified gorillas and penguins. Unfortunately, the latter don't appear outside cutscenes.
  • In Parasite Eve, Aya's adventure in the American Natural History Museum sees her getting attacked by several insect specimens that were brought back to life, as well as reanimated and mutated velociraptors, a triceratops and even a T-rex.
  • In Shadows Of The Servants, the evil stems from a cursed monkey's restless spirit. An undead monkey pops up in a brief Cat Scare scene.
  • The very first enemies you face in the Web Game Dude and Zombies are zombie rabbits. They're pretty annoying even if weak, because they're small, fast, and jump while moving. Later on, you fight zombie birds.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has a few examples:
    • The conservatory of Spookyraven Manor is infested with the skeletons of Stephen Spookyraven's many unfortunate pets.
    • Some of the rampaging giant ducks you can fight on McMillicancuddy's Farm include zombie ducks and vampire ducks.
    • During a Zombie Slayer run, you come back as a zombie and can turn other creatures into zombies to add to your horde, including beast-type monsters.
    • Giant Zombie Goldfish can be encountered in the Maze of Sewer Tunnels leading to Hobopolis.
    • During a limited-time event in September 2010, the players could collect animal fossils, assemble them into fossilized animals and battle them for components to power up one of their trinkets. Animals that could be assembled and fought included fossilized bats, fossilized serpents, fossilized baboons, fossilized wyrms, fossilized demons and fossilized Giant Spiders.
  • In the Director's Cut of Organ Trail, the player character will occasionally have a "boss encounter" with undead animals. They may encounter a zombie bear (which can't be killed) or zombie dogs (which are much faster than normal zombies) while scavenging, and they may have to dodge zombie deer while out on the road.
  • RuneScape:
    • Draynor Manor has undead trees, which are indestructible to everything except an ax with a blessed silver edge, but are not very dangerous because they do little damage and are not able to follow you.
    • Maggie the witch owns a pair of skeletal oxen, Babe and Norman.
    • The player can get an ex-ex-parrot, which is a parrot that has un-ceased to be, as a pet.
    • There is a ghost farmer who keeps zombie cows and zombie chickens near Port Phasmatys.
    • During one quest there is a Stealth-Based Mission where the player has to avoid being seen by undead broavs, a pig like animal.
    • The necromancer Melzar the Mad has zombie rats in his house.
    • The Ape Atoll dungeon contains monkey zombies and ape skeletons.
    • Corpse spiders actually are not undead spiders, they are spider shaped monsters made from corpses.
  • In Discworld II (partially based on Reaper Man above) when Death Takes a Holiday (literally) and then becomes a clickie (i.e. movie) star humans and animals stop dying. Except rats, because Death-of-Rats is a separate entity who formed as a result of Reaper Man events. (Yes, continuity is... problematic.) Among other things we get to see a sheep skeleton working in clickies as Death's stunt double.
  • Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead features a number of undead animals such as Zombears, Antlered Horrors (undead moose), and various types of zombie dogs.
  • 7 Days to Die
  • Minecraft: One of the in-game horse variants is the skeleton horse, which cannot be bred or made by breeding — each must be individually tamed. They only spawn when lightning strikes a normal horse, which will transform into a skeletal horse ridden by a skeleton with an enchanted helmet and bow. A couple of clones of these will spawn nearby. In the morning, the skeletons will burn but the skeleton horses won't, at which point you can tame them. The game also has a zombie version of horses, but they do not spawn naturally and can only spawn by the usage of commands or Spawn Eggs. Lightning will also turn pigs into zombie piglings.
    • In the third-party mod Mo' Creatures, an Essence of Undead will turn horses, ostriches, scorpions and mother wyverns into undead versions of themselves. Undead horses will eventually rot into skeleton horses unless an essence of light is used to restore their flesh. If a tamed horse or big cat dies, there is also a chance for it to respawn as a ghost.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series' lore, the Sload, "slugmen" native to the archipelago of Thras to the southwest of Tamriel, have a natural affinity toward necromancy. The Sload are said to use this skill, in part, to "slaughter and revive" various forms of sea creature as pets, such as crabs and turtles.
  • Two prominent examples from the Affectionate Parody The Bard's Tale:
    • After breaking the seal on the Nuckelavee's stone circle (by killing a mare on it) and extinguishing the flame on the Forest Tower, the Bard ends up with skeletal horses running around and killing people.
    • After extinguishing the second flame, it'll be possible to run into Zombie Chicken (Which lay eggs spawning more zombie chicken), Zombie Sheep (who can put you to sleep) and Zombie Cows (powerful and durable chargers who dies the istant they're pushed in the sides). One late level, the Farm, has you wading through hordes of revenant farm animals, culminating in a battle against the shapeless Haggis Monster, which can recover health by summoning and grinding more zombie animals into his mass.
  • The Necroa Virus in Plague Inc. can be mutated so it can be carried by bats, birds or rats, which makes the sickness more contagious. Evolving it further, causes these animals to become hostile and start attacking humans, which increases infection even further and, in the case of bats, being possibly lethal.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy: The fourth game has Undead Bears.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police had the title pair, a dog and a rabbit, become zombies in "Night of the Raving Dead". This is somewhat downplayed by their anthropomorphic nature.
  • Metal Slug X introduces mummy dogs, whose breath like regular mummies can turn the player into one him/herself. They return in 3 and 4.
  • The Vampire Coast trailer for [1] has this invoked by the eponymous vampires, who plan to kill an enormous sea monster and then reanimate it to do their bidding.
  • Dungeon Crawl lets you animate any corpse that wasn't a shapeshifter, including all beasts in the game. Such undead beasts can also be encountered as regular enemies.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "death metal", Strong Bad watches a music video for Taranchula's "The Decoupage", featuring a stop-motion animated steak crawling through a pile of rusty metal.
      Strong Bad: Creeping... rusty... meat. Truly the heart and soul of all death metal.
    • The 2008 Halloween cartoon "Most in the Graveyard" features a Carnivorous Undead Sheep attacking Homestar and Pom Pom.

    Web Comics 
  • In a more logical instance of this trope, Erfworld combines the powers of different mages to revive a dead volcano.
  • The Character Blog of Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer! from Girl Genius once had our lovable Large Ham trying to fight past a horde of undead stoats.
  • In Here There Be Monsters Bert explains that he became a Hunter of Monsters after his dog returned as a zombie and trashed his living room while he hid terrified in the bathroom.
  • In the backstory graphic novel for The Order of the Stick, Xykon first discovered his powers as a sorcerer when he reanimated his dead dog.
  • Averted and Discussed in The Zombie Hunters. Animals are explicitly The Immune, which piques the interest of scientists trying to Find the Cure!, and prompts jokes amongst the Zombie Hunters: "I have always considered it a blessing that animals don't turn. Can you imagine? Hunter Zombie Squirrels?"
  • Zombie horses, mules, and even prairie dogs have been shown as part of the world of Zombie Ranch. Although carnivorous, their behavior seems mostly unchanged compared to human zombies, and their bite isn't infectious to people. Zombie horses are even considered a preferred mode of transportation, but zombie cattle were put down as useless. Regardless of your former species, zombification apparently makes you taste terrible.
  • Dead of Summer has zombie animals in Book 2, the scariest being a giant grizzly bear.
  • Skin Horse has Bitey, the zombie foxfur hat. Also, Emperor Norton's dogs, Lazarus and Bummer, were apparently zombified along with him.
  • The Rash virus from Stand Still, Stay Silent infects both humans and mammals, but strangely spares cats. Ninety years after the initial outbreak, the infected animals are called "beasts", while "trolls" is used for former humans.
  • Dinosaur Comics has a variant: the creepy yet touching tale of Dogcula, a vampire dog. Our Vampires Are Different (and furry).
  • In Homestuck, Casey/Bubbles von Salamancer uses necromancy to resurrect the deceased denizens of the Alpha session, resulting in a "skeleton army" of zombie turtles, iguanas, salamanders, and crocodiles.
  • Moby Dick Back From The Deep: Moby-Dick is revealed in this comic to be a giant UNDEAD white whale that's been terrorizing the oceans of the world for centuries, and has now set its sights on the seafront town of White Beach.

    Web Original 
  • The Gamers: Dorkness Rising has a resurrected chicken.
  • The basic premise of the series, Zombie Roadkill.
  • Dead Ends, most notably the farm chapter.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-2694 is the reanimated skeleton of a dog swathed in a mass of old toys, which it uses to form a body.
  • Xombie gives us zombified versions of a dog, a dinosaur, a tiger, and even some glimpses of zombie sharks and octopus.

    Western Animation 
  • On The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, a two-part zombie episode includes reanimated dogs, frog's legs, a chicken and serpentine sausage links.
  • In one episode of The Fairly OddParents, Timmy's long-dead pet gerbil comes back as a zombie, with squick-y results. At the end of the episode, it is implied that all of his other dead pets have also become zombies.
  • Vincent, who fantasized he was Vincent Price:
    He likes to experiment on his dog Abercrombie - in the hopes of creating a horrible zombie.
    So he and his horrible zombie dog can go searching for victims in the London fog.
  • Gravity Falls episode Northwest Mansion Mystery included a vengeful poltergeist animating the Northwest family's extensive texidermy collection. The poltergeist himself was introduced with an entire wall of mounted heads chanting ominously while bleeding from their mouths and eyes.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode Night of the Living Pharmacist, Doofenshmitz's -inator turns people into mindless clones of himself, who can turn other people into more Doof clones just by touching them. At some point in the episode, Perry is told that OWCA has fallen, and then Phineas, Ferb, Buford, and Bajeet run into the Doofenized agents, who have become grotesque hybrids of Doof and whatever animal they were in the first place.
  • One episode of Uncle Grandpa had the gang get attacked by zombified pets, including a living pet rock.
  • The 2007 George of the Jungle reboot had an episode where a reanimated rhinoceros skeleton (that George mistook for a rhino he had befriended) ran rampant and turned the jungle's residents into zombies, including the wild animals, Shep the elephant, Ape the ape, and eventually every main character.
  • One episode of Moville Mysteries talks about a boy who was really neglectful of his pets, to the point that his backyard looked like a miniature graveyard. A mysterious shop owner offers him three exotic animals who seem to remain healthy and loyal despite being just as neglectful to them. They end up causing him a nightmare where all his pets raise as zombies and chase him. He attempts to return the pets only to find out the shop owner is really the pet frog he let die years ago, who proceeds to turn him into a rat.


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Radioactive Zombie Cows

Turns out that the US government is experimenting on animals and creating Radioactive Zombie Cows.

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