What Animals Know That We Don’t

We consider ourselves the most evolved in the animal kingdom. Though in some ways, we are more evolved, there are many things about our world that animals know better than us. Whether it is extrasensory perception, a biological gift or pure animal instinct, here is a list of some things that animals know and we don’t.

Predicting natural disasters

Many historical instances have shown animals to predict natural disasters before humans could. In the 2004 tsunami, various instances reported that animals fleed to higher ground before the tsunami actually came. A herd of elephants was noted to break free from the chains that bound them and fled to the mountains. Rats and snakes were also noted to predict disasters like earthquakes and come out of their burrows.

Sensing fear

Many animals are also noted to sense fear in humans. How they do this continues to be a mystery? Many schools of thought opine that animals sense fear through some particular body odor. Some research has indicated that humans release certain chemicals in their sweat when they are threatened. Animals are capable of sensing those chemicals, as smell is highly used form of social communication in animals. However research in detail is still needed. Others think that animals sense fear in people through the latter’s body language. Still others think that animals judge the bad vibes of people.

Sensing death

Few animals are also noted to be capable of predicting death. Many stories of Oscar the cat, that would sit next to the beds of patients who were ‘destined’ to die have floated across the world. The cat would sit next to the bed of a patient, who would eventually die. This cat was noted to have 25 correct predictions. While this may just be a coincidence or a natural ability, we humans still do not know.

Predicting health problems

Probably it is the acute sense of smell, but animals across the world are noted to be able to predict ill health in their masters also. Some dogs were noticed to predict the presence of epilepsy and various kinds of cancers in patients also. Many such dogs are also trained and used by hospitals to aid them in their research and services.

What animals know and we don’t is still a mystery. Probably it is the presence of a ‘sixth’ sense that we don’t have. Probably it is the heightened use of all five senses together that we don’t do. In today’s civilized world, we just tend to use a few of our senses, not all. Thus, while the senses of vision, touch and taste are much used, those of hearing and smell are not trained to sense the ‘unusual’. We depend so much on modern technologies to tell us simple day to day things, like the temperature, health and weather. As animals don’t have these facilities, they heighten their senses instead. Probably it is time, we learn from the animals, and depend on our faculties rather than depending on external machines.

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  1. rajaryanme Says...

    On July 22, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Wow, I didn’t know about it. Very good details included in your post.


  2. dak Says...

    On July 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

    very interesting article
    medical devices and gadgets


  3. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I cant agree more. Animals are brilliant than humans. The only reason why we think we are better is because we are the ones who came up with the rules of evolution. Most insects are a thousand times better organized than human beings in addition to what you pointed out. I loved this entry.


  4. yes me Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Read about this some years ago how the rats snakes and almost
    all the wild life started to disappeared prior to earthquakes, interesting one cheers


  5. Starpisces Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

    very interesting. I heard that when roaches fly also a sign of going to rain soon, but don’t know how true.


  6. briantaylor1992 Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Interesting little piece, I was thinking of writing something similar to this, but it looks like you beat me to it heh. Personally, I like the one where the dog can predict cancer in the patients. They had a dog that would sniff the person down, and basically lick/point to where it sensed the cancer, and it was always right. It was pretty interesting. You did seem to forget that animals can sense impending natural disasters and such, which is more of what I was going to write about. Once again, it is a pretty interesting article. Good job.

    @starpisces: older humans can sense when it is going to rain, for the most part, as well. Whenever it is about to rain, many arthritis patients tend to have their arthritis act up more right before a rain storm. My grandma’s acts up all the time during the rainy season, but hardly ever during the dry season.


  7. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    What you said is totally true.


  8. Kopykween Says...

    On July 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    thanks all of you for your valuable comments. It is true, many people from the older generation can predict natural disasters. Even in my village, people can tell if it will rain or not. I guess that is because they are more in tune with nature and can recognize the signals.


  9. cac2010 Says...

    On July 29, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Yes animals have special powers to sense future calamities or dangers or commotions that human don’t have. Like a cat in your own homes, they could smell or sensed where the rats are hiding and the snakes (unwanted guest) in your own homes or backyards.


  10. Kelly Rodriguez Says...

    On July 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Wilderness senses to knowing differences in surrounding and getting self scents of the difference, feeling the careful vibe when being in the wilderness and sensing that it is to do with the scent difference between nature and the cities.


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