Animal's "Sixth Sense"
A tsunami was triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean in December, 2004. it killed tens of thousands of people in Asia and East Africa. Wild animals, __________ (51), seem to have escaped that terrible tsunami. This phenomenon adds weight to notions that they possess a "sixth sense" for __________ (52), experts said.
Sri Lankan wildlife officials have said the giant waves that killed over 24,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast clearly __________ (53) wild beasts, with no dead animals found.
"No elephants are dead, not __________ (54) a dead rabbit. I think animals can __________ (55)disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening," H.D. Ratnayake,deputy director of Sri Lanka's Wildlife Department, said about one month after the tsunami attack.
The __________ (56) washed floodwaters up to 2 miles inland at Yala National Park in the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's biggest wildlife __________ (57) and home to hundreds of wild elephants and several leopards.
"There have been a lot of __________ (58) evidence about dogs barking or birds migrating before volcanic eruptions or earthquakes. But i,t has not been proven," said Matthew van Lierop, an animal behavior __________ (59) at Johannesburg Zoo.
"There have been no __________ (60) studies because you can't really test it in a lab or field setting," he told Reuters. Other authorities concurred with this __________ (61).
"Wildlife seem to be able to pick up certain __________ (62), especially birds ... there are many reports of birds detecting impending disasters," said Clive Walker, who has written several books on African wildlife.
Animals __________ (63) rely on the known senses such as smell or hearing to avoid danger such as predators.
The notion of an animal "sixth sense" -- or __________ (64) other mythical power--is an enduring one which the evidence on Sri Lanka's ravaged coast is likely to add to.
The Romans saw owls __________ (65) omens of impending disaster and many ancient cultures viewed elephants as sacred animals endowed with special powers or attributes.
51. A. therefore
52. A. shelters
53. A. missed
54. A. such
55. A. feel
56. A. waves
57. A. birthplaces
58. A. experimental
59. A. specialist
60. A. additional
61. A. modification
62. A. route
63. A. unwillingly
64. A. some
65. A. on