Animals' Sixth Sense

Discussion in 'Pets' started by Adam's Apple, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. Adam's Apple
    Offline

    Adam's Apple Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2004
    Messages:
    4,092
    Thanks Received:
    445
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +447
    Tsunami adds to belief in animals' "sixth sense"
    30 Dec 2004 10:51:31 GMT

    Source: Reuters

    By Ed Stoddard

    JOHANNESBURG, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Wild animals seem to have escaped the Indian Ocean tsunami, adding weight to notions they possess a "sixth sense" for disasters, experts said on Thursday.

    Sri Lankan wildlife officials have said the giant waves that killed over 24,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast seemingly missed wild beasts, with no dead animals found.

    "No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit. I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening," H.D. Ratnayake, deputy director of Sri Lanka's Wildlife Department, said on Wednesday.

    The waves washed floodwaters up to 3 km (2 miles) inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife reserve and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards. "There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence about dogs barking or birds migrating before volcanic eruptions or earthquakes. But it has not been proven," said Matthew van Lierop, an animal behaviour specialist at Johannesburg Zoo.

    "There have been no specific studies because you can't really test it in a lab or field setting," he told Reuters.

    Other authorities concurred with this assessment.

    "Wildlife seem to be able to pick up certain phenomenon, especially birds ... there are many reports of birds detecting impending disasters," said Clive Walker, who has written several books on African wildlife.

    Animals certainly rely on the known senses such as smell or hearing to avoid danger such as predators.

    The notion of an animal "sixth sense" -- or some other mythical power -- is an enduring one which the evidence on Sri Lanka's battered coast is likely to add to.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------

    Note from AA: I certainly believe that animals do have a "sixth sense" that alerts them to danger. When the Midwest had an earthquake out of the Ozarks some years back, my two cats were outside and, shortly before the quake began shaking things up, they ran to the back door puffed up about twice their normal size. I thought there must be a dog out in the yard chasing them, so I went outside to investigate. That's when the effects of the quake became visible. Flower pots and potted plants that we had on a shelf in the patio area started jumping up and down and you could feel the shaking of the ground. My cats picked that up before we felt the effects, and they were frightened.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  2. dilloduck
    Offline

    dilloduck Diamond Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    53,240
    Thanks Received:
    5,552
    Trophy Points:
    1,850
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +6,403
    No doubt--sometimes I think animals are really little aliens !
     
  3. krisy
    Offline

    krisy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages:
    1,919
    Thanks Received:
    112
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Ohio
    Ratings:
    +112
    I remember when I was little,and a storm was coming,our Brittany Spaniel would walk around panting and very nervous. My mom always said he knew something was coming,if not the storm. I do believe animals have some kind of instinct that is stronger than what we have.
     
  4. Hobbit
    Offline

    Hobbit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2004
    Messages:
    5,099
    Thanks Received:
    420
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Near Atlanta, GA
    Ratings:
    +421
    Some people can do this, too. I think our "sixth sense" has just atrophied thanks to meteorologists and "The Weather Channel."
     
  5. no1tovote4
    Offline

    no1tovote4 VIP Member

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2004
    Messages:
    10,294
    Thanks Received:
    616
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Colorado
    Ratings:
    +616

    Can't imagine why. They are way less accurate.
     
  6. Hobbit
    Offline

    Hobbit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2004
    Messages:
    5,099
    Thanks Received:
    420
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Near Atlanta, GA
    Ratings:
    +421
    True as that may be, people still use it. Back when there was no weather channel, people depended on their elders, especially arthritic women, who are still more accurate. Some real troopers also learned to predict storm patterns just by glancing at the sky.
     
  7. Derrick89
    Offline

    Derrick89 Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2012
    Messages:
    9
    Thanks Received:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +4
    Very nice, I appreciate the idea of 'animal sixth sense' to be discussed.
    Well, As I'm in love with dogs and I can't assure you about their sixth sense. This is the reason
    because of they are kept for watching.
    I don't know the biological basis. Hope someone will help.
    regards
     
  8. Claudette
    Offline

    Claudette Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Messages:
    19,754
    Thanks Received:
    3,044
    Trophy Points:
    280
    Ratings:
    +7,784
    I remember reading when that Tsunami was on the way in to hit the Indonesia that Elephants, many working at the time. Hauling tourists and such just headed for high ground inland. They completely ignored their mahouts and headed for high ground.

    I'm sure they sensed something wasn't right and how right they were.
     
  9. strollingbones
    Offline

    strollingbones Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Messages:
    65,657
    Thanks Received:
    15,627
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    chicken farm
    Ratings:
    +31,973
    my son refused to propose to his g/f of several years cause our doberman didnt like her....
     
  10. Dajjal
    Offline

    Dajjal Quran buster

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2012
    Messages:
    4,588
    Thanks Received:
    1,495
    Trophy Points:
    315
    Location:
    England
    Ratings:
    +2,306
    The dog was probably just jealous of the competition, especially if its a bitch.
     

Share This Page