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Days before the earthquake, hundreds of thousands of toads swarmed through a town near the epicenter, leading to a storm of speculation on whether there was a connection.
Internet blogs have been buzzing with news of the potential omen, with one website showing footage of a street in Mianyang covered by a countless number of the small brown amphibians.
Originally posted by ThichHeaded
No what i said was science proof. Animals have a sense to tell them when changes in the earth happen. Earthquake, tsunami, whatever. They aren't just going to sit around and see what happens, they are going to get tf out of the area to somewhere safer. That's what those toads did. It was probably noticeable because that's they way they went. I am sure a lot of other animals bailed also, just wasn't seen cause they didn't go thru the middle of town to leave.
Originally posted by kelbtalfenek
I don't think that's ever been scientifically proven.
The analysis presented here implies that if there are occasional precursors to earthquakes that animals could detect, behavioral patterns could evolve to minimize associated mortality.
Although anecdotal and retrospective reports of animal behavior suggest that although many organisms may be able to detect an impending seismic event, no plausible scenario has been presented yet through which accounts for the evolution of such behaviors.