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by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals.
Photo: SeeMidTN.com

We all know that human senses are dull compared to those of other species. Unless impeded by age or some defect, your household companion can see, hear and smell things more acutely than you could ever hope to.

While my cats slept through the earthquake up in NY, many of the animals at the Washington D.C. Zoo, close to the epicenter, felt the quake up to fifteen minutes before the ground started to shake.

The orangutans started sounding the warning bell first. They began “belch vocalizing,” something they do in times of extreme stress, and kept going until after the quake stopped. The zoo noted that a gorilla named Mandara yelled, and then climbed a tree with her baby in tow, all before the earthquake started.

A flock of 64 flamingos also sensed the oncoming vibrations and huddled together before the quake and stayed that way until it was over.

The lions also knew something was up and gathered together away from their shelter. They stood back and watched the structure shake.

Not all of the animals were so in touch with their senses. The pandas, much like my cats, barely moved before, during, or after the earthquake.

Happily, no animals were injured during the earthquake.

Via MSNBC

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

    that’s a touchy anecdote. now back to reality, eh.

    • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

      and accordding to the MSNBC article link, the lions only started to gather together when the ground began to tremble, not before the quake..
      i bet over ten days this story changed into a wild urban myth in which the animals predicted the earthquake days before the actual quake… LOL