In July 2007, a fascinating story emerged in a U.K based Medicine Journal about a cat that could “predict” the deaths of patients in a nursing home several hours before they died. The cat, Oscar, had 25 successful predictions, in which patients died hours after the cat sat down by their beds. People have long believed that animals have mysterious powers of prediction. Do animals have a sixth sense? Is there any proof to back this belief up? Let’s explore this fascinating subject.
Ten animals that can
We’ve all heard the tales of dogs barking before the big earthquake; wildlife behaving strangely before the big hurricane; earthworms pouring out of the ground before the flood. Tall tales…or true? So far, no one has the magic crystal ball that can tell us exactly what lies in the future. Although some say that it is possible to know if death lurks us through the features and abilities of certain animals in nature. Let’s take a look at 10 such animals and the beliefs associated with them…
There is a popular proverb that says “When owl (owl) sings, the Indian dies”, which refers to that when one of these animals emit a squeak, it means that someone close to her, very soon lose life. This belief originated in the time of the Conquest, when some Catholic monks claimed that these birds were animals of the devil and witches accompanying while they made the rounds at night.
It is a type of moth, which, load on his back the stigma of being damned, a belief that originated in ancient times. By its color and being nocturnal, they are associated with witches or evil beings who used them to carry out their misdeeds. That’s why today, there are people who are afraid to see a black butterfly on the inside of your house, as this could mean that someone in that household could die in the coming hours.
For several Hispanic cultures, including the Aztecs and Maya, bats were animals related to the world of darkness and death, so that something very similar to what black butterflies. It is said that if at night, a bat with its wings hit the bedroom window of a house, the person sleeping in it will die in a few hours.
It is another of the animals from yesteryear has been linked with issues of witchcraft and wizardry, therefore, believe that they are animals that advertise and carry bad omens of bad luck. It is said that if a person suffering from an illness he meets a white owl that day die. Also, some believe that the cry of this animal announces the death of a close relative.
It’s a bird that measures between 25 and 27 inches and weighs approximately 80 grams. It has white plumage in the belly, and brown tones in the rest of the body and neck is black. It is said that a calandria nest in a house, is a symbol that someone in the household will die very soon. Also, popular beliefs say that if the bird stares at a sick person will heal, but if not observed, it means that he will die.
It is said that if a black horse rests his gaze on a person during a funeral procession for another, is announcing that death stalks him closely.
It is a popular belief that dictates that if someone sees “talking” to a rooster with a hen, means that in the next few hours, will result in death of an unmarried woman. If two hens with a rooster crowing, then it means that he will die a couple. It is also said that if a person hears a hen imitating the crowing of a cock, that death means round.
The best known story is of Oscar, a cat who lives in a nursing home in Rhode Island, which has been able to foretell the death of 50 people in this nursing home. Usually, the cat does not live much older adults with the place, but when it is almost time for the death of one, not off of it until his demise. This phenomenon occurs because the cat is able to notice the smell given off by the bodies before he died.
Dogs have the same characteristic smell of cats, which makes them able to perceive any change that occurs in the body of their owners. That is why these animals are now used as therapy or as prevention for people suffering various diseases. Also, thanks to their highly developed senses, are able to predict the occurrence of various weather and natural phenomena such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
It is said that when this animal gets in the way of a driver, from right to left, is a sign of bad omen. It is also believed that when a fox enters a house by day, but may leave after because it was confused and did not find the way, is the announcement that someone close to the family will die.
Throughout history, people have believed that animals can make predictions about human fate. The results are often disappointing, but that hasn’t stopped us from turning to them time and time again. And why not? Animals can do many things that we can’t — like fly and live underwater. So why not assume that they can see into the future too? What do you think?