The world that we live in is an amazing place. Despite all the discoveries made there are still tons to unearth and learn about. Like hidden places to explore, cures for diseases and even animals to find. Despite all the damage humans have done to mother earth, there are still heaps to learn and discover about our home. Humans and animals have always lived side by side ever since the earth was born. Although most of the times, humans consider animals as inferior creatures, they possess amazing abilities that even human technology cannot rival. Over the past decades due to scientific advancement we have found that certain animals and insects have an almost supernatural ability to sense both disease and imminent danger. Isn’ it amazing? Who would have thought these animals came with built-in early warning devices? Here are the Amazing Animals That Can Detect Danger and Diseases Before A Human Does.
Aside from their meat and milk, cows also have the ability to detect an earthquake days before it happens. Researcher Yamauchi of the National Tsing Hua University found that cows showed changes in behavior days before the earthquake. Based on his studies, he found that cows had lesser milk production up to a week days before the earthquake, and remained reduced for up to four days after the event. The fact that he was able to physically see the rate of milk production drop showed that the cows were able to sense the danger that changed their behavior and milk production.
Research done by the World Health Organization discovered that the African Pouched Rat or Gambian Giant Pouched Rat can detect Tuberculosis and other potential germs in the human saliva with an 86% accuracy rate far more effective than the conventional ‘smear test’ performed under a lab microscope. This could go a long way toward helping to diagnose and prevent future cases. Although Tuberculosis is a rare disease in America, it is highly widespread in the Sahara Africa. In 2012 there were almost 300 cases of TB per 100,000 people. Another ability of the African Pouched Rat is that it can smell landmines, so they are also used frequently in war-torn countries — lucky people, not so lucky rats. While we don’t foresee these rats to become the norm in more modern hospitals, their ease of use and cheap price will make them popular in clinics that cannot afford top of the line equipment.
These hard working and often neglected insects play a very crucial role in the balance of nature. Aside from producing and storing honey, they have other abilities as well. Did you know that honey bees can sniff out explosives? Their ability would be of great use especially during this time of rampant terrorism attacks around the world. Honey bees can be placed inside of sensors and fed treats as part of a ‘reward conditioning program’. These insects are able to trace the chemical up to a part per trillion ratios. Pretty accurate and amazing for such a small insects but it will be difficult for them to overtake dogs as the preferred no human bomb sniffing detective.
This nuisance in every kitchen around the world is also a useful tool for research in the world of science. Believe it or not, fruit flies have powerful sniffers that can actually be used to sniff out cancer cells. Their antennas are filled with receptor neurons that receive a boost of calcium in response to low concentrations of the correct odors. Since the fruit flies responds on a biological level, rather than a behavioral one, they could become consistent detectors of cancer without requiring any special handlers like dogs. Although they may not be as classy and high-tech as people are used to, these insects can be very useful in detecting cancer. But cancer is a billion dollar industry so we doubt these insects will even replace the expensive “technology” modern medicine has.
These lazy and moody pets are not just a little mouse’s worst fear. While cats are used to comfort dying patients in a terminal hospital, the evidence for their disease detecting abilities is kind of sketchy, they have one amazing ability far more advanced than human technology. Cats have the ability to detect earthquakes even before it happens. In 2011, when a magnitude 9 earthquake hit Japan, the National Tsing Hua University used it as a chance to study how cats reacted to the quake. Scientists found out that up to six days before the earthquake, cats began to radically change their behavior: becoming restless, scared and frustrated. Perhaps now is the time to get a cat?
The Golden-Winged Warblers may not be a household name but they are quickly becoming the focus of scientific investigation. Researchers have noticed that these songbirds have been avoiding huge and destructive storms through detecting infrasound waves even before the storm is close enough to cause damage. Like back in 2013, when a group of warblers fled their breeding grounds immediately before a storm that created 80 tornados and killed 35 people in the affected area. The birds returned after the storm had passed. Researchers are now fitting these golden-winged birds with trackers, allowing them to follow them as they course through nature. Analyzing where they are when big storms hit allows scientists to get an idea on effective their storm predicting radar is.
One of the most or probably the most feared predator of the deep blue, sharks are not just mindless killing machines. While most of the animals on this list show some forms of stress or fear to incoming natural disasters, sharks do the opposite. The Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami has been tagging and studying tiger sharks and other sea creatures for the last decade. Their study with sharks revealed that these predators tend to gather toward where storms are developing and forming. These creatures tend to be drawn toward rapid changes in the ocean’s temperature. The reason behind this is still unknown, but the behavior can be useful in scientific research. As a matter of fact, sharks can become part of an organic storm-detecting model with enough reliable research put into place.
The Grizzly Bear or Silvertip Grizzly Bear has a piercing sense of smell and that basically puts them at the top of predators in their environment. Their insane ability to smell prey and humans, potential threats, can range up to 18 miles. So it should not be a surprise that this type of bear can also sense incoming storms and other potential disasters. Their highly developed sense of smell could probably also sniff out cancer, but having cancer sniffing session with a grizzly bear would probably be more terrifying than cancer itself. Wouldn’t you agree? Fortunately, our next animal is ready for the job.
These tiny rodents may only be considered as pests and “genie pigs” but there’s more to these tiny creatures. Mice have a powerful sense of smell that can be used to detect Avian Flu. Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that mice react to a chemical found in disease laden birds. Their ability to exactly detect Avian Flu has been put up for debate. Other researchers also believe that the mice can actually sense the chemical reaction to the flu that the test birds were releasing in their body. Either way, this study shows that mice have a useful ability, with their incredible sense of smell we hadn’t thought about.
Man’s best friend has proven time and again not only to be a great companion but also helpful in the field of science. Cancer seems like will always be a challenge to diagnose and cure, if not outrightly prevent the deadly disease. While scientific advances have drastically changed in the healthcare field, we still fall short at times. So it is absolutely baffling how dogs have shown an almost supernatural ability to sniff out cancer and even diabetes in afflicted people. Dogs have successfully sniffed out cancer with a 98% accuracy in a study done by the American Urological Association. It’s all thanks to the 200 million olfactory cells in their noses.
How amazing is this? Now we will learn to appreciate each and every creature around us, big or small. Even the considered lowlt pests have a supernatural ability that can help save mankind. The next time we swat that fruit fly or torture that tiny mouse, we know that they’re more than just house pests.