Thursday, July 26, 2007

Death-detecting cat

There's a story doing the rounds (on the BBC, The Register, and other places) about a cat living in an American old folks' home that can apparently tell when someone is about to die.
A US cat that is reportedly able to sense when a nursing home's residents are about to die is baffling doctors.

Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours.

According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25 cases so far.

Staff now alert the families of residents when he sits down next to their ailing loved one.
Normally I wouldn't bother with this kind of thing, but the final line of the BBC article is just too awesome to pass up.
A doctor who treats patients at the home said she believed there was probably a biochemical explanation, rather than the cat being psychic.
I can has tombstone?

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