Pets are amazing. They show us unconditional love, they seem to know when we need affection most, they depend on us for their very survival, and in some cases, they also have some spectacular special abilities.
Apparently, your dog really is your best friend. Did you know that they can tell when you’re sad? A study published in the Journal of Animal Cognition found that a dog is more likely to approach someone who is crying than someone who’s just standing around talking. Dogs can also sense your intentions. CBS did a story that shows similar to a mentalist, in order to connect, they use eye contact to figure out what people are thinking. One of the more extreme powers of a dog is its resourcefulness when it comes to illness. Various studies such as one published in the British Journal of Medicine, now confirm dogs can detect certain diseases such as cancer through their sense of smell.
It comes down to their ability to pinpoint chemicals known as volatile organic compounds. Depending upon the breed of a dog, their sense of smell can be anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than a human’s. It then makes sense that those malignant tissues which release chemicals are recognizable to dogs. There have been multiple studies conducted at University of California at Berkeley, as well as the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, which show dogs have been accurate at recognizing certain cancers by smelling breath or urine samples. They’ve also been known to sniff out low blood sugar, diabetes, and although doctors can’t explain it, some patients with epilepsy report that their dogs can tell them when a seizure is coming.
Cats are another one of our furry friends that have some remarkable capabilities. At short distances, they can run faster than any known Olympian. They can jump as high as 30 feet. They communicate by making roughly 100 different sounds. And their peripheral vision is somewhere around 285 degrees. They also only need 1/6 of the amount of light that we need as humans to see in the dark. That’s not the only sense that is super in-tuned. Cats cannot only hear extremely high pitch sounds, but their nose has over 200 million smell receptors. Their sense of smell is fourteen times keener than that of a human’s. They have the ability to process over six million operations per second. There was a 10-year study of more than 4,000 Americans by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis that showed cats help their owners with their blood pressure as well cholesterol and triglycerides and they also the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Here are some other awesome animals with some seemingly supernatural capabilities…
Can mimic the sounds of not only 20 other bird species, but also some man-made sounds like alarms.
The Spiny Mouse
Can re-grow the skin, cartilage and sweat glands. It’s proof that mammals might have the same ability that allows regeneration in reptiles.
Can neutralize snake venom which makes them invincible when it comes to snakes.
The Borneo Hills Ninja Slug
Has its own version of Cupid’s arrow. They can shoot their darts into potential mates with the hopes of falling in love.
The Flying Snake
Can make death-defying leaps from treetops in order to travel more quickly and safer in the presence of predators; despite their lacking wings.
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