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    YALA NATIONAL PARK, Sri Lanka (AP) - Wildlife officials in Sri Lanka expressed surprise Wednesday that they found no evidence of large-scale animal deaths from the tsunamis - indicating that animals may have sensed the wave coming and fled to higher ground.

    An Associated Press photographer who flew over Sri Lanka's Yala National Park in an air force helicopter saw abundant wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, deer, and not a single animal corpse.

    Floodwaters from Sunday's tsunami swept into the park, uprooting trees and toppling cars onto their roofs - one red car even ended up on top of a huge tree - but the animals apparently were not harmed and may have sought out high ground, said Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, whose Jetwing Eco Holidays ran a hotel in the park.

    ``This is very interesting. I am finding bodies of humans, but I have yet to see a dead animal,'' said Wijeyeratne, whose hotel in the park was destroyed.

    ``Maybe what we think is true, that animals have a sixth sense,'' Wijeyeratne said.

    Yala, Sri Lanka's largest wildlife reserve, is home to 200 Asian Elephants, crocodile, wild boar, water buffalo and gray langur monkeys. The park also has Asia's highest concentration of leopards. The Yala reserve covers 391 square miles, but only 56 square miles are open to tourists.

    The human death toll in Sri Lanka surpassed 21,000. Forty foreigners were among 200 people in Yala who were killed.

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    Theres gonna need to be a study done to see if monitoring animals in some way can aide in predicting natural diasters...but given that they headed for the hills at the last moment probably limits their usefulness


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    just goes to show animals are selfish and we have every right to eat them

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    its cos animal corpses fade after thirty seconds so the matrix doesn't lose frames

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    wtf are u talking about dave? oh wait.........

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    I lived in an area where a tornado hit one evening. Our family dog would not come out from behind the couch the whole day proceeding the tornado. Very unlike her.

    Wait a minute........I am thinking the majority of these animals over there could have been female, right?
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    no. that would be stupid. unless they were all earthworms

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Spaulding
    just goes to show animals are selfish and we have every right to eat them
    Post of the month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDave
    no. that would be stupid. unless they were all earthworms

    Dang. You are right. I will adjust post.

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    unfortunately all the females died cos nothing was gonna make them leave that nest till they were ready to go out

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    And also because no one had taught them how to keep their mouths shut for more than a couple of seconds...

















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