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Death-Predicting Dog
imageFirst there was Oscar, the death-predicting cat. Now there's Scamp, the death-predicting schnauzer. Metro.co.uk reports:
Scamp, a Schnauzer, lives at The Pines nursing home in Ohio – where his owner, a staff member, claims he has been present for the death of virtually every patient for the past three years. That's around forty deaths, twice as many as Oscar the cat's kill count of 20. Deirdre Huth, Scamps owner, says that the doomhound always turns up in the hours before one of the residents dies, waiting patiently in their room until they pass away. 'He has either barked or he'll pace around the room. The only time he barks is when he's trying to tell us something's wrong,' she said. 'It's not like he's a grim reaper,' she added, inaccurately.
It sounds like these death-predicting animals are a fairly common phenomenon, though I suspect it all must be some kind of Clever Hans Effect. Now we need some death-predicting rabbits, gerbils, and parakeets to round out the menagerie.
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Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 20, 2007


Don't forget the death-predicting Ebola virus. Rumor has it that it's very often found in close proximity to people who are about to die or have just died.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Punkin Center, Texas  on  Mon Aug 20, 2007  at  07:36 PM
Dogs can smell cancer. Seriously. That is an actual fact. So it wouldn't be too bizarre for them to perhaps be able to smell when someone's about to pass over. And maybe this pooch really likes the smell, that's why he hangs around 'Mmm, dying person...that smells so good...'
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Tue Aug 21, 2007  at  08:33 AM
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