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Psychic animals

Swedish Cows Not Impressed By Earthquake

Published tisdag 13 januari 2009 kl 12.25

Contrary to popular belief - animals may not be very good at predicting natural phenomena. During the earthquake in the south of Sweden on December 16th last year the responses of cows, grazing 5 km from the epicentre were measured by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

Anders Herlin, a lecturer at SLU, says to the farming trade paper ATL that there was little to indicate that the cows had any prior knowledge of the quake. Neither did they seem to mind it very much.

All the cows carried equipment, which made it possible to keep track of their behaviour. Out of the 8 cows, only 2 stood up during the quake or just before. Despite the limitations of the study, Herlin believes it is safe to say that cows probably aren’t the most earthquake sensitive animals.

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