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Labrador's Sixth Sense : Bolts From US Office Seconds Before Quake Struck

PTI 15 Jan 2010, 13:45:43 IST

A CCTV footage has emerged of a news station office in North Carolina, US where a Labrador bolted from the office  seconds before an eathquake struck on January 9. You can watch the video here.


While  pet owners swear by animal instinct, scientists are yet to put a seal on such observations.  From cats sensing impending health problems like seizures, to dogs barking madly when unfamiliar footsteps appear on the garden path.

Even as far back as 373BC, it is recorded that animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice in droves just days before a quake devastated the place. 

The dog relaxes on the floor (above) before dashing for the exit (below) seconds before a quake hits the office

The CCTV footage for January 9 shows a dog idly passing time on the floor of a news station office in North Carolina, USA.

The dog, without any provocation, suddenly springs up and makes a swift exit.

Seconds later seats swing out of position, draws slip open and fixtures and  fittings begin to wobble. Then, the shuddering really starts.

While the dog has escaped prior to the quake, people dash for the exits when the room begins to shake forcibly. The only question is, why didn't man's best friend warn his human collegues?