Veterinarian Dr. Michael Fox has encountered many stories of dogs seeming to sense from a distance that their masters are in trouble and other such experiences that seem to indicate animal clairvoyance.
Dr. Fox believes that animals can tap into what he calls the “empathosphere,” where thoughts and feelings physically exist. Animals seem able to detect events at a geographical distance or to find their way to useful places (such as the locations of their masters) even if they’ve never been to those locations before. This arises from their heightened empathy, according to Dr. Fox.
Animals’ abilities function “more cleanly than ours, which is buried most of the time under the weight of consciousness,” wrote co-author of “The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion” Michael Jawer in an email to Epoch Times, explaining Dr. Fox’s theory.
Here are a few surprising stories of animals seeming to sense things in a way we can’t yet explain.
Animals Travel Miles to Refuge They’ve Never Been to Before
Dr. Fox gave an example on his website: “Two animals demonstrated the boundless nature of the empathosphere at India Project for Animals and Natures (IPAN) Animal Refuge in the Nilgiris, South India,” he wrote. “Somehow they knew that the Refuge was a place of security and relief from suffering.
How else to explain these two animals coming several miles to where they had never been before? One was a dog who dragged himself after being hit by a vehicle for over a mile to the Refuge with a broken back and with his testicles hanging out. Another was a water buffalo whom staff found one morning waiting at the Refuge gate. Her condition was quickly recognized and treated- an infected vagina seething with flesh-eating maggots.”
Dog Senses Master’s Death
In a 2012 radio interview with Animal Wise Radio, he gave what he called a typical example: an old man in the hospital is dying and his dog at home starts howling at 10 a.m. The phone rings at 11 a.m. with the announcement that the man died. The dog seemed to sense its master’s death.
“When you have enough anecdotes, you have a statistic, and the statistic that I was showing was that a lot of dogs especially have this empathosphere connection,” Dr. Fox said.
Elephants Travel to Mourn Reserve Founder
Mike Fry, one of the radio hosts, recounted another story told in multiple media reports at the time. Lawerence Anthony had set up a private reserve for elephants in Africa. Two days after he died at the age of 61, multiple wild herds of elephants arrived at his home, having walked more than 12 miles to get there. The elephants had not been to his house for well over a year. They stayed for two nights.
“They were mourning,” Fry said. “They knew that he died.” Anthony’s widow was touched by what she saw as a tribute to her late husband by the animals he had helped.
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