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.
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.
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.