Winter Olympics, make way for Apolo Crowno. An enterprising bird turned a jar lid and a snowy roof into a thrilling winter sport.
Daisy the cow doesn’t need Pop-A-Lock. When she wants to go for a stroll, she just unlatches the barn gate with her tongue.
After being swept away in an avalanche that claimed the life of one of his guardians, a dog in Montana used his wits to find his way back through 4 miles of snow to the exact hotel room where his family had been staying before the incident. A search-and-rescue team member drove the dog home to his grateful family.
Another intrepid dog’s rescue was caught on tape when he swam up to a kayaker (whose boat was equipped with a video camera) a half-mile out into the Gulf of Mexico. The dog and his guardian had been hit by a drunken driver, and after seeing his guardian die, the terrified dog ran blindly into the sea. The kayaker was eventually able to track down the dog’s family.
Perhaps the injured dog could tell that the kayaker would know what to do, thanks to dogs’ uncanny ability to read human intent.
Many people, including scientists, hold that animals have a “sixth sense.” One researcher has compiled thousands of cases in which animals sensed events such as an impending natural disaster or the imminent arrival of a family member.
Of course, anyone who has ever loved an animal knows how intelligent and sensitive each one is.