25 Aug '11, 4am

National Zoo Animals Went Berserk Before Earthquake

National Zoo Animals Went Berserk Before Earthquake

Up to around 15 minutes before the 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattle across the nation's capital and much of New England, a variety of animals began exhibiting unusual behavior which seemed to indicate some foreknowledge of the tremor -- typically considered one of the least predictable, and therefor often deadliest, form of natural disaster. Washington D.C.'s Fox News affiliate spoke with a National Zoo staffer who described the pre-quake scene: "Flamingoes that are normally one or two body lengths apart ran together in this kind of huddled flock," recalled Don Moore, the zoo's associate director of animal care. "We saw our elephants, actually standing alert, " said Brandie Smith, a senior curator of animal care sciences. ... The zoo says it was the red ruffed lemurs that sounded the first alarm. "They started vocalizing and they went straight up into the trees which is wha...

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