Animal instinct, pet owners swear by it. From cats sensing impending health problems like seizures, to dogs barking madly when unfamiliar footsteps appear on the garden path.
Even as far back as 373BC, it is recorded that animals, including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice in droves just days before a quake devastated the place.
Those without that 'special bond', though, remain sceptical. But doubters, prepare to be converted.CCTV footage has emerged of a news station office in North Carolina seconds before an eathquake struck on January 9.
It shows a dog idly passing the time on the floor before, apparently without any duress, springing up and making a swift exit.
Seconds later seats swing out of position, draws slip open and fixtures and fittings begin to wobble. Then, the shuddering really starts.
While our K9 friend has escaped prior to the quake, people dash for the exits when the room begins to shake forcibly.
The only question is, why didn't man's best friend warn his unaware human collegues?