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2012: Animals May Hold The Key!

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Although people may love their pets they seldom recognize patterns of behavior that are associated with the elements and often shrug it off, assuming that it is a plea for food or affection. Animal behavior is not even remotely considered as being a valid indicator when it comes to inclement weather, much less natural disasters. Entomologists have shown that bees are very sensitive to barometric pressure changes. Ornithologists have also documented the change in flight patterns of birds due to changing weather conditions. It is also common knowledge that birds will fly south for the winter when cold weather is coming. Scientific research has been very helpful for predicting severe inclement weather, but still has a long way to go. For people that understand geography, when they see that the ocean is receding, they know to flee immediately for higher ground. According to experts, a receding ocean is a valid indicator but can only give a 5 minute lead time for evacuation. This is simply not enough time, especially when it is a natural disaster. In 2004, when the Tsunami hit, over a quarter of a million people perished. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake that generated the great Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is estimated to have released the energy of 23,000 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs. This was clearly one of the worst natural disasters in our lifetime. According to rangers and wildlife trackers, flamingos fled to safer forests several hours beforehand. Elephants broke their chains and stampeded. As buffalos fled to higher ground, their shepherds followed, saving them as well. Animals everywhere could not be stopped. Oddly enough, the animals survived! Throughout the ages, animals have always given us early warning signs about changes in the earth. In this segment of The Organic View, Ms. Lassiter will explain the correlation between the animal kingdom and our world in order to reconnect with nature as changes unfold.

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