Indonesia had more than their fair share of troubles recently when a volcano erupted, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck and a tsunami surged as far as 600 meters inland. Scores of hundreds, perhaps thousands of people and animals didn’t evacuate in time to escape the ravages of these events.
Usually, the animals are the first to react to signs of impending disaster – we saw it happen in Haiti. But a 60 yr old farmer in Kinahrejo reported that “Villagers refused to evacuate because they did not see any signs of an imminent eruption from the animals.”
“We believe in signs,” said the farmer, who managed to flee before volcanic debris hit the village. “Usually when the volcano is about to erupt, we would see animals fleeing the mountain.”
Why did the animals not react to the imminent danger in Indonesia?
According to the National Geographic Website:
There is a belief that wild and domestic animals possess a sixth sense and know in advance when the earth is going to shake. Supposedly, humans also had a sixth sense but have since lost this premonition ability.
Some examples of animal behavior when impending danger is approaching:
• Elephants screamed and ran for higher ground.
• Dogs refused to go outdoors.
• Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas.
• Zoo animals rushed into their shelters and could not be enticed to come back out.
Animals have, without fail, predicted volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes. So, what happened in Indonesia this time? We may never understand it. The fact remains, most animals react before tragedy strikes. This time they did not react and those individuals who relied upon them may have lost their lives in the process.
Didn’t the animals sense these events coming?