Psychic Abilities in Animals

It is a well known fact that some animals can sense changes that are undetectable to humans. Often, people suffering from severe epilepsy will have a dog as they will start to warn their owners of an imminent seizure. In one study, out of 60 dogs, 15% were able to consistently detect imminent seizures.

A cat called Oscar made headlines recently in America by successfully predicting the deaths of residents in a nursing home. He would curl up with the patients during their final hours and a total of 50 deaths were accurately predicted using his Psychic Mediums ability.

Other animals that have been used for help over years are canaries which were taken down into mine shafts well into the 20th century to help detect any signs of toxic gas build up. Snakes are thought to be able to predict disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes due to sensing atmospheric changes or earth vibrations. For centuries cows have been thought to predict when the rain is coming and will lie down in the fields prior to the downpour and ground hogs in America are thought to be even better predictors of the weather. On the 2nd Feb each year when they leave their burrows, whatever the weather is doing is a sign of how long winter will stay.

Domestic animals such as dogs and cats are often thought to have a sixth sense or a Psychic ability and will pick up on any ghostly happenings in a home, often barking when they hit a certain point in the house or refusing to go into a particular room.

A Psychic Octopus and Champion Hunting Dog

Help from animals in predicting the future has been used for centuries and dates back to the practice of extispicy by ancient Roman, Greek and Babylonian civilisations. The practice involved using any anomalies found in animal entrails and things like unusually high levels of blood were thought of as warning signs of a worldly disaster.

It seems using animals to predict the future is as common and widely used today and mostly with animals that are alive. An octopus in Germany called Paul is thought to be a Psychic, successfully predicting every Germany result in the games that they played in the World Cup this year in South Africa. The two year old eight legged octopus was given a choice of two containers, both containers had food in for him, but also displayed the German Flag on one and their opponent’s flag on the other. Whichever container he chose would be the winning country in that match.  The length of time he chose to make his decision was also taken into account, the longer he took to choose, the closer the results of the game was. This Psychic Medium octopus correctly predicted every single Germany match in the tournament!

Other animals have been used for help over the years to successfully predict certain scenarios; in 1930 a champion hunting dog, Jim managed to follow instructions in shorthand and Morse code whilst also successfully predicting the winners of seven Kentucky Derbies along with the sex of unborn babies.