Animals Fled - A Warning Missed
A Reuters report notes that in Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands lost their lives to the Boxing Day tsunami, animals appear to have fled inland before the waves struck.
As governments gear up to spend fortunes on tsunami warning systems, the mystery cannot afford to be overlooked.
Giant waves washed floodwaters up to 3 km inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife reserve and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards, Reuters said.
"The strange thing is we haven't recorded any dead animals," HD Ratnayake, deputy director of the national Wildlife Department, told Reuters on Wednesday.
"No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit," he added. "I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening."



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