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Scientist Believes Animals Have Psychic Powers

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Many of us share a bond with our pets that non-pet owners could never understand.

One Cambridge scientist more than understands, he believe this connection is not only emotional but possibly telepathic as well!

There are many stories of animals acting strange or anxious when their owner has been severely injured or has died, even if they are hundreds of miles apart.

So the scientist began gathering data and performing tests, like seeing how accurately a pet could predict an owner coming home from work, even when he had them arrive in a different car, at random times.

The animals were often found to be waiting at the door about an hour before the owner came home, so there was no way they were there out of routine or cued by a car engine.

One of the more relevant aspects of his study is the fact that animals tend to be able to predict natural disasters.

Before a tsunami in 2004 in Thailand, a herd of buffalo were grazing on the beach when they suddenly all lifted their heads up, perked their ears, and looked out to sea.

They then stampeded up a hill. Half an hour later a tsunami hit.

The lives of the confused villagers were saved as they had followed the buffalo up the hill.

If more scientists didn't disregard possible animal psychic powers as gibberish, than we'd have a chance at create a real early warning system that could save hundreds of lives!

So now when you look at your dog and they have that look on their face where you know exactly what they want, maybe it's them beaming the image of a treat into your brain!

[Image via Daniel PadillaWENN.]

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How Animals Predict Earthquakes

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Scientists believe animals may be able to sense when an earthquake is coming by sensing changes in ground water.

A researcher was studying toads in a lake in Italy when all of the toads suddenly evacuated the lake.

Days just before a major quake.

The researcher said:

"It was very dramatic. It went from 96 toads to almost zero over three days."

Animals that live in or near groundwater are very sensitive to any changes in its chemistry, so they might detect the changes in rocks before the "slip" and cause a quake.

When rocks are under impossibly high levels of stress, they release charged particles.

These particles can flow into surrounding rocks and eventually reach earths surface, converting air molecules into positive ions.

A doctor said:

"Positive airborne ions are known in the medical community to cause headaches and nausea in humans and to increase the level of serotonin, a stress hormone, in the blood of animals."

It's all very sciencey.

Scientists are trying to find a way to incorporate animal behavior into early warning systems.

Basically, if you see a hundred toads leave a pond all at once, you should go stand in a doorway, or get under a sturdy table or one of those other quake survival methods.

[Image via AP Images.]

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