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The Amazing Natural Talents
of AnimalsAll living things are products of evolution. Gradual changes have taken place over millions of years, and each species has evolved in different ways. Consequently, although our pets live in the same world as we do, they see and experience it in different ways. Dogs, for instance, live in a world of smells. They also hear much more than we do. But they are partially colorblind, and their lives are much grayer than ours.
It is important to realize that many of the amazing things that animals do are not psychic in nature, but are related to their different natural abilities.
Back in the first century c.e., Pliny the Elder wrote about the horrifying ability of the numbfish to paralyze anyone who came too close to it. This was seventeen centuries before electricity was discovered, and the numbfish's abilities must have appeared supernatural. Nowadays, the numbfish is called an electric ray. It is able to generate a ninety-volt, high-amperage current. This is powerful, but is nothing compared to the incredible 550 volts generated by the electric eel.
We, like other animals, respond to stimuli that are significant to us, and ignore many others. Other animals may have the same senses that we have, but use them in different ways and in different degrees, depending on their natural abilities.
Dogs and cats, for example, have far greater hearing abilities than we have. Cats have a hearing range of between sixty and sixty-five thousand cycles per second. Dogs can hear between fifteen and fifty thousand, while we humans hear at about twenty thousand.
It used to be thought that elephants communicated telepathically when they were in difficulty or distress. However, it is now known that they call to each other at a level well below what the human ear can hear. The hearing range of elephants is between five and eighteen thousand cycles per second. Consequently, they are able to communicate over long distances using infrasound that is below the hearing range of most animals. It begins with a low rumble in the elephant's throat, which is amplified by a hollow area immediately below the forehead and directed outward. Elephants who are miles away are able to hear it and come to the distressed elephant's aid.
Frogs have an extremely specialized sense of hearing. All they hear are the sounds of potential enemies or partners. This is all they actually need to hear. They find their prey using their keen sense of sight.
Animals frequently have much stronger senses of smell than we have. When a cat, for example, decides to make friends with a stranger, it will rub its face and body against the person's legs, depositing an odor that helps it to recognize the person in the future. Wild cats also rub against each other in the same way, gaining feelings of security from the scent of the group. Cats use special scent glands at their temples, base of the tail, and at the corners of their mouth to swap scents with us. Cats want the people in their lives to have a familiar scent. This makes them feel secure, and makes their humans feel wanted. Interestingly, cats will not rub themselves against people they do not like.
Dogs possess a remarkable sense of smell that they inherited from their wolf ancestors. Humans possess some five million olfactory sensory cells that we use to smell with. This is nothing compared to what dogs have. A dachshund has about 125 million of these cells, while a sheepdog has 220 million. A bloodhound's sense of smell is one million times stronger than ours.
When a human walks barefoot, he leaves one hundred-billionths of an ounce of sweat in each footprint. Any dog can track this tiny quantity with what appears to be supernatural accuracy. A bloodhound's sense of smell is so incredibly sensitive and accurate that it has the distinction of being the only animal whose 'testimony' can be used as evidence in United States courts. The dog's sense of smell is still the most effective way of locating people buried in snow avalanches. Sound detectors and other devices have a part to play, but are slow and cumbersome compared to "sniffer" dogs.
Some animals deliberately leave their scent in certain places to mark off their territory. Dogs, of course, do this with their feces and urine. Incidentally, dogs scatter the dirt with their paws after defecating. This is because they have sweat glands between their toes, and this action allows them to add another scent to the scene.
Ants travel in single file, following the scent left behind by an ant who has earlier found a source of food.
Salmon use their strong sense of smell to return to the river where they were born. They can sense the specific water, even if the river forks along the way. If they accidentally take the wrong fork they quickly become aware of it, and drift back downstream until they sense the smell again. They will then take the correct fork that leads them home.
The eyesight of many animals is much more acute than ours. Birds of prey are alert to the slightest movement in the landscape below them because they are using a much larger part of the spectrum of light than we are. There are even animals who can see the infrared part of the spectrum. The pit viper is an example of this. Even the humble goldfish has a vision that ranges from ultraviolet to far-red.
Many animals are sensitive to magnetic fields. This explains some of the incredible abilities of migratory birds, homing pigeons, honeybees, and even the lowly snail. This also explains how whales are able to travel thousands of miles in their annual migrations.
Magnetism is the explanation for the famous migration of some one hundred million Monarch butterflies from Mexico to Carmel in California each year. The insects who make the journey are several generations distant from the ones who migrated the previous year,...
About the Author: Richard currently resides in New Zealand. He travels around the world every year lecturing and conducting workshops on psychic subjects. He currently conducts a business seminar entitled "How to Read a Person Like a Book." Before becoming a professional teacher and writer, he was a bookstore owner, stage hypnotist, palmist, and magician.