29 August 2011

Zoo animals act before quake even occurred in Washington D.C.

Last Tuesday an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 hit the East Coast rattling the soil from Maine to South Carolina. The east hasn't experienced an earthquake of this sort in 67 years, so it came as a suprise to everyone, well almost everyone.

At the Smithsonian National Zoo in D.C., Kyle the orangutan and a gorilla named Kojo sensed something was coming. Both apes abandoned their food and quickly climbed to the top of a tree like exhibit in an effort to escape the vibrations they must have felt. The two took these actions an estimated five to ten seconds prior to the actual earthquake.

Another gorilla known as Mandara, yelled out, hastily grabbed onto her baby, and climbed up the same type of structure as Kyle and Kojo three seconds before the earth shook. Talk about mother's intuition!
All 64 of the zoos flamingos scrambled into a huddle and stayed close throughout the quake.

Several other zoo animals reacted to the quake as well, including ducks that jumped into the pond during their feeding. Beavers, also being feed, stopped to look around as if too see what was causing such a rumble, and then jumped into the water.

Normally inactive snakes began jerking around amid the duration of the earthquake.

Deer ran from the barns flustered and after the quake the female deer herd began alarm calling- a barking sound, as if to alert others.

In the face of unknown danger, many of the animals exhibited a response towards fellow species. Just as man warns their neighbor of upcoming disasters, the animals sounded their own alarms. One thing for sure, the animal kingdom has something we don't, an innate ability to sense mother earth and her surroundings.

Laeticia Butler | @Vegwritingmomma
After suffering with health issues for two years, Laeticia became a vegan and was able to go from barely walking to running 5Ks. During her life change she developed a newfound love and respect for animals and works hard to teach her son why we don't eat them. Follow Laeticia on her blog and Facebook.

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