Saturday, October 1, 2011
Can Animals Sense Earthquakes?
Whether they hid, huddled or howled, animals at the National Zoo in Washington DC definitely reacted to the recent earthquake (August 23rd). I was fascinated by this article, published by Smithsonian National Zoological Parks.
Moments before the 5.8 earthquake hit, here are is what some zoo staff noticed:
Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake.