The Sixth Sense of Angel Animals
By Allen and Linda
Over the years we’ve collected
thousands of stories about animals and their sixth sense. We’ve also found how
much we personally benefit from listening to and observing animals in nature
and the animal companions who share our home. Story after story demonstrates
that animals intuitively know when something is not right or when an individual
is intent to do harm, Now, international news stories about the tsunami confirm
that animals know when a natural disaster is about to occur.
We have been wondering: How about
making more than an interesting sidebar out of the mention in international
news media that animals fled inland prior to the tsunami? We believe that it is
necessary for survival on this planet to do more than comment on the oddities
of animals’ sixth sense. Animal-human relationships are vital to life on earth.
Unfortunately it seems to take disasters of massive proportions to bring the
importance of respect for animals to the world’s attention.
For years, we and other authors
have collected anecdotal evidence that animals are messengers and partners to
humans. We have found, published, and disseminated hundreds of true stories
about animals warning people of disasters. These documented experiences
demonstrate that, indeed, animals have a sixth sense. Even more amazing,
animals consistently, compassionately, and courageously use their awareness to
aid humans. Examples from our books include: A normally timid dog risks his
life to stand between a toddler and viscous neighborhood dog, withstanding
bites but holding his ground until help arrives. A cardiologist confirms that
for ten years, two cats served as a woman’s pacemakers when they took turns
waking her during the night and massaging the chest area above her heart. Wild
birds in Florida awaken a sleeping couple with such shrillness that they
discover a fire has started on their patio and threatens to burn down their
Recent news stories show that dogs
are early detectors with a proven track record. The British Medical Journal
reported the ability of dogs to sniff out cancerous tumors. The U.S. Epilepsy
Institute says that dogs can tell when a person is about to have a seizure.
Dogs warn people and steer them to safety so the falling person doesn’t get hurt.
After the tsunami, eyewitness
accounts attested to the fact that animals offered better early detection cues
than any man-made, technological systems. Unlike the horrible tragic human
toll, no dead animals were found along the coast of the Indian Ocean.
George Pararas-Carayanni, a
scientist who has been involved with Tsunami Research at the Hawaii Institute
of Geophysics of the University of Hawaii and is former director of UNESCO
scientific organizations, says that since 1920, when a 8.5 magnitude earthquake
hit China, the Chinese have been studying unusual animal behavior. Before the
1966 quake in Northern China, all the dogs in the village at the quake’s
epicenter ran from their kennels and survived.
In 1974, the Chinese were able to
observe animal behavior – snakes prematurely coming out of hibernation, rats
suddenly appearing – to accurately predict the Haicheng earthquake of 1975.
Chinese and other scientists acknowledge that sharks, catfish, and migrating
birds sense electromagnetic changes in the earth. Two Chinese earthquakes have
been predicted by paying attention to the accounts of people who reported
unusual behavior in cows, horses, mules, dogs, cats, goats, and pigs.
Research conducted by Harvard and
Cambridge biochemist, Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., and his colleague, David Jay
Brown, has yielded accounts of dogs, cats, horses, emus, chickens, goats, and
caged birds becoming severely agitated prior to earthquakes in the San Fernando
Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. Sheldrake writes in Dogs That Know When Their
Owners Are Coming Home, “Some people noticed that just before the earthquakes
struck, there was a strange silence as wild birds and crickets stopped
Sheldrake calls for an animal-based
earthquake warning system with a toll-free hotline to receive calls about
strange animal behavior. He reports that from 1979 to 1981, when the U.S.
Geological Service ran a pilot project with 1,200 volunteer observers from
earthquake-sensitive areas of California, the project found that seven of the
earthquakes had a statistically significant increase in calls about unusual
animal behavior prior to their occurrence. Then, funding for the project was
discontinued. Go figure!
Since animals have lived on earth
longer than humans, are they genetically designed to know or sense more than
humans can? Have we lost innate abilities that used to warn and protect us?
Would human lives be saved if people paid more attention to the sentient beings
in their homes, backyards, and nature?
The major themes of our books,
articles, weekly newsletters, and Website have been twofold: Animals are
messengers who are trying to communicate to humans. Animals are our partners on
We believe that animals and their
attempts to alert people to danger would add valuable information to
sophisticated scientific systems. Instead of scoffing at the belief that
animals have a sixth sense or concluding that people who try to observe and
understand animal communications are off-base, maybe it’s time to take a look
at all we humans might be missing. Instead of viewing animals as property, dumb
beasts, or naïve and helpless children, let’s give them the respect they are
due. Animals don’t speak our language, yet when humans start listening for and
watching the animals’ instinctive cues, the reduction of suffering and
destruction will have powerful allies.
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