It had been over a century since an earthquake last rattled the East Coast, so it's no surprise that the millions of people who felt the shaking yesterday were caught off guard -- but it turns out, as a species, humans may have been the only ones. According to staffers from the National Zoo in Washington D.C., in the minutes leading up to the seismic rumblings dozens of animals began acting strangely, clearly agitated, as if they could sense the quake before it struck.
Find out more about the animals' unusual reactions -- along with new behavioral discoveries from elephants and dolphins, and increasing threats to mangroves and bears -- in this Week in Animal News slideshow.
Earthquake Shakes Up National Zoo
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.
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