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    Default Labrador bolts from U.S. office before earthquake tremors strike building

    Animal instinct, pet owners swear by it. From cats sensing impending health problems like seizures, to dogs barking madly when unfamiliar footsteps appear on the garden path.

    Even as far back as 373BC, it is recorded that animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice in droves just days before a quake devastated the place.

    Those without that 'special bond', though, remain sceptical. But doubters, prepare to be converted.

    Sixth sense: The dog relaxes on the floor (above) before dashing for the exit (below) seconds before a quake hits the office

    CCTV footage has emerged of a news station office in North Carolina seconds before an eathquake struck on January 9.

    It shows a dog idly passing the time on the floor before, apparently without any duress, springing up and making a swift exit.

    Seconds later seats swing out of position, draws slip open and fixtures and fittings begin to wobble. Then, the shuddering really starts.

    While our K9 friend has escaped prior to the quake, people dash for the exits when the room begins to shake forcibly.


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    This footage proves that animals can either detect or sense impending earthquakes. There were quite a few people on the same floor who had no idea, but clearly the dog did.

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    You know, this could work. California needs a dog in every building.
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    That's amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    You know, this could work. California needs a dog in every building.
    Just look at Santa Barbara. You can bring your dog into any store there. I was there last month and this couple had their pug in Nordstroms.
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    In the 2004 tsunami most animals headed for the hills way before the water started retreating. Almost no animals were lost, except those who had nowhere to flee to.
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    Wow, that's amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    In the 2004 tsunami most animals headed for the hills way before the water started retreating. Almost no animals were lost, except those who had nowhere to flee to.
    That's incredible. I wonder if it's the same before a twister, or a fire. Hopefully, animals made a quick escape before the Haiti earthquake and alerted their owners to do the same.

    One of the most famous stories is of a mother cat on the Titanic:

    Anne Hales of the Irish News, in Belfast interviewed a 92 year old retired journalist named Paddy Scott, who once interviewed a man named Mulholland who claimed to have been a stoker aboard the Titanic during her trials and the run to Southampton.

    The stoker's name was Jim Mulholland. The Titanic was built in a yard in Belfast and even though the ship was new, it was estimated that over 6,000 rats roamed its decks and sub-structures. Most ships employed cats to help the problem of mice. Mulholland worked on Deck F, scouring and scrubbing the deck galley. Mulholland was also given the duty of taking care of the Titanic's kitty who was appropriately (if unimaginatively) named "Mouser". Mouser was a tabby, she was also pregnant. As her condition progressed she probably became less adept at killing her meals so Jim carefully saved scraps here and there for her while they sailed on the trial voyage from the Shipyard in Belfast to Southampton. In Southampton, this ocean liner would make her maiden voyage. Before they arrived, Mouser had four kittens.

    Apon arriving in Southhampton, the ship was loaded with lobster and steak and many sumptouous foodstuffs for the passenger list included some very wealthy people. Even with this great bounty, Mouser seemed troubled and one day Mullholland sat and watched while she took each of her kittens down the gang plank one by one getting them off the ship. This fascinated Jim but also concerned him. While the rich and famous went up the gang planks to board the great vessel, Mouser went the other way with each of her children. Jim said to a reporter, "That cat knows something" and signed off the ship himself. I don't have to tell you that this ship never made it to New York.

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    It also reminds me of the most incredible example of a mother cat saving its kittens from a fire:

    Scarlet the wonder cat, mother cat saves kittens from fire

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    Source: National Geographic (full article)

    Did Animals Sense Tsunami Was Coming?

    By Maryann Mott
    for National Geographic News

    January 4, 2005

    Before giant waves slammed into Sri Lanka and India coastlines ten days ago,
    wild and domestic animals seemed to know what was about to happen and
    fled to safety.

    According to eyewitness accounts, the following events happened:

    • Elephants screamed and ran for higher ground.

    • Dogs refused to go outdoors.

    • Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas.

    • Zoo animals rushed into their shelters and could not be enticed to come back out.

    The belief that wild and domestic animals possess a sixth sense—and know
    in advance when the earth is going to shake—has been around for centuries.

    Wildlife experts believe animals' more acute hearing and other senses might
    enable them to hear or feel the Earth's vibration, tipping them off to
    approaching disaster long before humans realize what's going on.

    The massive tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9 temblor off the coast
    of northern Sumatra island on December 26. The giant waves rolled through
    the Indian Ocean, killing more than 150,000 people in a dozen countries.

    Relatively few animals have been reported dead, however, reviving
    speculation that animals somehow sense impending disaster.

    Ravi Corea, president of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, which
    is based in Nutley, New Jersey, was in Sri Lanka when the massive waves

    Afterward, he traveled to the Patanangala beach inside Yala National Park,
    where some 60 visitors were washed away.

    The beach was one of the worst hit areas of the 500-square-mile (1,300-
    square-kilometer) wildlife reserve, which is home to a variety of animals,
    including elephants, leopards, and 130 species of birds.

    Corea did not see any animal carcasses nor did the park personnel know
    of any, other than two water buffalos that had died, he said.

    Along India's Cuddalore coast, where thousands of people perished, the
    Indo-Asian News service reported that buffaloes, goats, and dogs were
    found unharmed.

    Flamingos that breed this time of year at the Point Calimere wildlife
    sanctuary in India flew to higher ground beforehand, the news service

    Strange Animal Behavior

    Accounts of strange animal behavior have also started to surface.

    About an hour before the tsunami hit, Corea said, people at Yala National
    Park observed three elephants running away from the Patanangala beach.

    World Wildlife Fund, an organization that leads international efforts to
    protect endangered species and their habitats, has satellite collars on
    some of the elephants in the park.

    A spokeswoman said they plan to track the elephants on that fateful
    day to verify whether they did move to higher ground. She doesn't know,
    though, when the satellite data will be downloaded and analyzed.

    Corea, a Sri Lankan who emigrated to the United States 20 years ago,
    said two of his friends noticed unusual animal behavior before the tsunami.

    One friend, in the southern Sri Lankan town of Dickwella, recalls bats
    frantically flying away just before the tsunami struck. Another friend,
    who lives on the coast near Galle, said his two dogs would not go for
    their daily run on the beach.

    "They are usually excited to go on this outing," Corea said. But on this
    day they refused to go and most probably saved his life.

    Alan Rabinowitz, director for science and exploration at the Bronx
    Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, says animals can
    sense impending danger by detecting subtle or abrupt shifts in the

    "Earthquakes bring vibrational changes on land and in water while storms
    cause electromagnetic changes in the atmosphere," he said. "Some
    animals have acute sense of hearing and smell that allow them to
    determine something coming towards them long before humans might
    know that something is there."
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    Thanks for that info. Absolutely amazing.

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