Can Animals Detect Ghosts?

Can Animals Detect Ghosts?

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    Domestic animals such as cats and dogs tend to have thinner skulls than humans, so if electromagnetic fields or something similar are part of a haunting then the animal will have less shielding it’s brain and therefore it will have stronger reactions. Note that people exposed to EMF’s in laboratories have had haunting type experiences induced, so surely it would work on animal brains too.

  2. Urisk says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    Could it be that for presences, sight is not the most important sense? We still get tingles down the spine, hairs raising on the back of our necks etc.

    But bearing in mind that as well as much sharper hearing and smell in both cats and dogs, such animals (mostly carnivores! but other mammals do possess them) have vibrissae, or whiskers, that can, at least in mice and probably in many mammal species, detect vibrations in the air. Is it possible then, that each whisker (stiffer and ticker than normal hair, attached with a small blood-filled sac at the follicle) act as tiny "rods" that pick up the difference in electromagnetic energies associated with presences?
    Am I even right in assuming that presences give off eletromagnetic radiation of sorts? I’m sure they are detectable by some sort of energy, are they not? So while the animal does not necessarily know there is something there, the sensation is uncomfortable enough for them to react defensively (or even agressively)?

  3. Ian Topham says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    I had an early encounter with a ghost whilst I was in my teens and it was shared with my dog. I was in my room with the door open. I awoke and looked out of the room down the long corridor toward the bathroom, only to see a misty shape coming towards me. As it passed my fathers bedroom door (also open), my Jack Russell leapt from that room and flew into the ghost barking and snapping. It was attacking the ghost and continued to do so until he was shouted at by dad. The ghost vanished and the dog trotted back into the bedroom. He had reacted to something whether a visual image, energy or whatever, but it was in the exact same location of the apparition I was witnessing.

    Interestingly enough as recently as this April the ghost of a hooded figure has been seen walking around my father’s bedroom.

  4. S Graham says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    cats, birds, dogs etc all have been noted to react. In UFO sightings in fields, sheep and cows have been noted to react, running away from the object in a state of panic, huddled in the corner of a field. Animals are the first to know if an earthquake is coming too – having been spotted making their escape before an earthquake hits hard. This once again is marked down to the electrical activity in the ground, due to the grinding of rock, being detected by the animals.

  5. Ian Topham says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    In Mysteries of the Unknown by Usborne they mention a test with four differant animals. It is a kids book but I have found this study referred to on net…..with no names or details though .

    It supposedly took place in Kentucky and a dog, cat, rat and rattlesnake were each placed individually in a haunted room and then in a control room. In the control room they acted normally and in the haunted room they got very disturbed reactions from the dog, cat and rattlesnake. The rat gave no reaction.

    Have any other studies been done?

    • BaronIveagh says:

      Ian Topham wrote:

      [quote=Ian Topham]In Mysteries of the Unknown by Usborne they mention a test with four differant animals. It is a kids book but I have found this study referred to on net…..with no names or details though .

      It supposedly took place in Kentucky and a dog, cat, rat and rattlesnake were each placed individually in a haunted room and then in a control room. In the control room they acted normally and in the haunted room they got very disturbed reactions from the dog, cat and rattlesnake. The rat gave no reaction.

      Have any other studies been done?[/quote]

      I don’t know but I find it interesting that the rattlesnake had a reaction, since the only thing thier sensorium has in common other then the visible spectrum with the cat and dog is a sensitivity to heat and enhanced sense of smell, however, the rat, with an even higher sense of smell, had no reaction at all.  Cats and dogs, if memory serves, can see slightly higher into the inferred then we can.  Rattlesnakes have heat sensing organs in thier heads to detect camoflaged prey.   Whether this has any bearing, I have no idea, but it’s fuel for further study.

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  6. Lee Waterhouse says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    I personally belive that animals can sense things that most humans cannot anymore. Years ago we used to have an old Labrador living with us who seemed to sense things in the house. One night we had a good freind around who is clairvoyant, as he walked to the kitchen he suddenly stopped and said "do you know there is an old lady here ?". It just seemed a bit coincidental that he stopped right next to the spot that the old dog used to stare at with his tail wagging.
    The dog used to look up as if someone had come into the room and his tail would start going, then he would wander over to whatever he had seen and stand there as if he was being stroked.

  7. Mauro says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    I had an interesting experience quite a few years ago.
    I went over to a relative’s farmhouse and spent the night there. I had my old hunting dog with me and I had already arranged with my relative to have her sleep with me in the guest room on an old carpet. My relative and his wife did not have dogs or cats at the time.
    I had a very sound sleep that night and my dog too. The next morning I found my relatives in a state of exhaustion, like they had very little sleep.
    "You look terrible. What happened?"
    "Didn’t you hear tonight?" He told me with an astonished look.
    He then went on to explain that during the night they heard a tremendous noise from downstairs, like someone moving the furniture and beating savagely on the walls. Thinking of a thief he loaded his hunting gun and, closely followed by his wife, gathered all his courage, lightened every light in the house and went downstair shouting "Stop or I’ll shoot!". The noise stopped immediately and the house was absolutely spotless, not a single dish out of place. All the doors and windows were closed shut.
    He told me that during the whole episode me and my dog were both sound asleep: he even remember the old pooch’s snoring!
    I don’t think they were pulling a my leg: they are simple working countryfolks and I know them extremely well.
    I later talked about the experience with my father and he told me that he had a weird happening in that same house a few years before.
    He went there with my mother and his Cocker Spaniel and, as myself, planned to stay there for the night. During the evening hours they were in the kitchen with my relatives when suddenly the dog (who was sleeping in a corner after a busy day in the countryside) started to growl.
    From outside there came the sound of heavy steps, like a man wearing heavy military boots. As the steps got closer the dog ("a very sweet brute, never bit anybody" as my father put it) became wild with rage. Thinking of an intruder my relative run upstairs to grab his gun. Just as he was gone the steps stopped and the dog began to whimper. My father helped patrolling the property later but no intruder was found: despite the late hour he and my mother grabbed the dog, bid farewell, jumped in the car and headed home. Not a very heroic beahvious but quite understandable.
    Over the years I tried to get my relatives to talk about these weird happenings but I always got scant replies. They referred to the mysterious nightly noises as "The Midsummer Ghost" but told me little more. I’ve always had the idea they were not telling he whole story. Talking with the countryfolk I later learnt that the previous tenants had a "classic" poltergeist haunting, with rappings on the walls, moving objects and a few smashed dishes. Their parish priest (both were devoted Roman Catholics) called for an exorcist’s help but he told them not to worry, since it was not an evil spirit but their daughter entering puberty. A few days after the exorcist’s visit the poltergeist "died away". The exorcist was probably right.
    Sorry for the long story but I think it’s important to give all the details.

  8. Ian Topham says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    Thank you for your account Mauro, it’s always better to give as much detail as possible, so don’t apologise for the length .

    The haunting is fascinating and actually reminds me elements of two other cases I know of. One was a cottage/potting shed in the grounds of a plant nursery in the North East of England and footsteps would be heard approaching the door as the gardeners inside were potting plants. The staff got used to it though. I’m unsure if any animals were there to react to it.

    The second was an old mines office, now a bar and restaurant. Reports of poltergiest activity were made. The noise of scraping chairs and tables could be heard from upstairs (the restaurant area) as the building was being closed at night, but upon investigation no furniture had been moved. After investiagetion and experimentation it turned out that no noise was originating from the restaurant. We had actually had people in there sat experiencing nothing (I was one of them), whilst downstairs the noise and racket moving furniture was reported by other investigators as coming from the restaurant above them.

    Similar to your case Mauro with noises of movement etc but nothing being out of place and area’s of the building where the noise was not heard. In my case it was actually caused by the wind getting under the rafters and the perculiar layout and accustics of the building.

  9. Mauro says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    I remember talking to a fellow who had worked in South Africa and had a similar happening: during a single night he heard like every piece of furniture downstairs in his two-story house was being broken to pieces and some giant beast was thrashing about.
    Fear had the best of him and stay locked inside his bedroom until dawn was well passed. When he cautiosly descended dowstairs (he feared some kind of wild animal could have entered his house) he found everything in order and every door and window barred shut.
    He later related the episode to a native friend who, concerned for his well-being, went over to a sangoma (some kind of sorcerer-advisor-alchemist) asking for help.
    The sangoma listened patiently and told him "Your friend has been visited by Old Baboon. There’s no need to worry, he won’t come back". And, like the sangoma said, that remained the only weird happening in that house in the South African veld.
    Of course the sangoma never explained who or what Old Baboon is and why he takes such a pleasure in terrifying people.
    I think this proves that the phenomenon is widespread and well known by many cultures worldwide. What causes it is, of course, still a matter of debate.

  10. Ian Topham says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts?
    I think it’s amazing to hear how differant cultures react to almost identical stange experiences and indeed to hear that similar events are happening worldwide. Old Baboon may have been the name given to the ghost or even some kind of nature spirit or an African version of our faeries I suppose. If anyone has any similar accounts or can shed any light on this one I’d love to hear more

  11. snaknap says:

    i think that anemals have
    i think that anemals have sumthing coald seckand site [or smell]

  12. kez 1 says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts,
    In my opinion yes i believe they can, See what you think of this?.  My daughter and her fianc’e have just moved into, i think they are over one hundred year old!!, old railway cottages.. They have a small twelve week old pup,.My daughter related this incident to me. Friday morning last week, which would have been Jan 2nd, her and the pup were in the living room, waiting for her fianc’e to come home from work,, the pup who had been fast asleep, jumped up and started barking and growling, around by the old fireplace which is now blocked up,. My daughter said ”it was as if the pup knew there was someone there, that shouldn’t have been”, just by the fireplace wall, there is a door leading to the stairs, to go up to the bedrooms, this was shut so as to keep in the heat, all of a sudden my daughter said, ”there were two knocks on the other side of this door”, she picked up the pup, and waited on the settee untill her fianc’e arrived,, alas he poo!!! pooed it!! he doesn’t believe in the paranormal,. Even her fianc’es friends, have told him, while he and my daughter were on holiday, they too heard things in the house many times, I believe they have not lost, so to speak,  their ‘sixth sense” and they are more tuned in, and are able to see and hear,  unlike some people who have lost theirs. that is my opinion, Kez 1 xx

  13. Ian Topham says:

    Thanks for that Kez.  A
    Thanks for that Kez.  A possible natural explaination is that there was something else there, maybe vermin of somekind that the dog smelt and was reacting to.  What a shame your daughter didn’t investigate further….though I realise it would have been a scary situation.  

    Having recently moved to their new home they may not yet be familiar with the bumps and groans of the building and sometimes this is mistaken paranormal activity.  I’m not saying that is definately what it was but it is something everybody should bare in mind when in a new environment.

    What sort of things did their friends hear in the house Kez?

  14. Agricola says:

    What about the possibility
    What about the possibility of a soot fall in the chimney – when you say it’s blocked up, is this with stone or with a wooden cover? I use to live in a flat with a boarded up fireplace and quite often, especially after it had been raining, you would get lumps of soot falling and hitting the wooden cover. Quite scary the first time, but something you soon get use to.

  15. kez 1 says:

    Can Animals Detect Ghosts
    Thanks guys for getting back to me, on this one,.!!  I asked my daughter this morning, what her friends had heard?  On Saturday her three friends were spending the night with my daughter and her fianc’e, Everything was fine when they all went to bed,. On the Sunday the two friends who were sleeping downstairs, were awoken by, two very loud knocks on the stairs door, thinking this may be my daughter, her fianc’e and her friend, wanting to come into the living room, but knocked first to see if her and her partner were awake,. the friend and her partner both called out, hello!!! yes we’re up!! but they said no-one answered, When they told my daughter of what they both heard, my daughter said as not to frighten them, it may have been the post!!, untill she realised it was Sunday,.  So they didn’t know what to make of it?. My daughter’s fianc’es two friends were staying there one evening, and they said they could hear as if someone was walking around upstairs, they could also hear the knocks, her fianc’e told me his two friiends won’t stay there now unless he and my daughter are there, They still hear from time to time but are choosing to ignore it,.  I showed my daughter, the two reply’s and she said  ” of the two she tends to agree with Ian thank you Ian,. and the second reply; her fianc’es mother!! said only the other day,  ”the fireplace is blocked up with the wooden cover and it had been snowing, something could easily have fallen down the chimney” thank you also Agricola, for your feed back. Kez 1 xx

  16. Ian Topham says:

    Maybe the answer doesn’t
    Maybe the answer doesn’t rely on the usual senses like sight, touch, smell etc.  Maybe they hallucinated.

    It makes me wonder if that room is haunted 24hrs a day, 7 days a week or were they just lucky when they stuck the animals in.  Or maybe they were reacting to something else.  If we can’t identify and measure ghosts then how can they be 100% sure one was present and hence, how much value can be placed on the experiment.

  17. StrangeRichard says:

    maybe it was just a local
    maybe it was just a local phenomena like plate tectonics or an underground water source causing vibrations that the animals could pick up on. Bit vague really imho