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Among the many fascinating accounts of extraordinary animal behavior included here are the stories of the horse that helped police locate the body of a murdered boy, the stowaway dog that sailed 5,000 miles to find his master, and the seagull that sought help for an injured woman. The unusual bonds that can be forged between people and animals in the everyday world are demonstrated in the fact that monkeys have learned to be personal attendants for quadriplegics! Throughout history, too, there have been instances of dolphins saving swimmers from drowning, and scientists today are seriously interested in the evidence that various species of creatures seem to give advance warning of natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Even more puzzling are the extraordinary tales of ghostly cats and dogs, phantom horses and other supernatural occurrences that have been observed by credible human witnesses. The author explores a rich range of these instances and also examines the human tendency since ancient times to worship animals as gods.