Many pet lovers have had the experience of a dog, cat, or other being appearing to know about something without having been shown it. Or inexplicably understanding the significance of something that happened. In some cases a persistent thought may arise in a pet-lover’s mind which, when they respond to it, seems to have been communicated by the pet himself – especially when the pet, or someone else, is in danger, or need.
The idea that animals communicate using what we call telepathy, is by no means new. But scientists, who have traditionally dismissed both telepathy as well as animal sentience, have only just begun to investigate this intriguing phenomenon. Many scientists would unwilling to risk the ridicule of their peers even suggesting this subject is worthy of exploration. Fortunately for us, Cambridge-educated biologist, Rupert Sheldrake is not one of these.
Sheldrake was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge where he was Director of Studies in cell biology, and was also a Research Fellow of the Royal Society. He is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California. In recent years he has been willing to undertake properly controlled trials investigating phenomenon such as ‘Dogs that Know when their owners are coming home and other unexplained powers of animals’ – which became the title for one of his fascinating books.
More recently, he investigated the telepathic powers of an African Grey parrot called N’kisi who lives in New York City. The 10 minute video below provides all the context you need, as well as live footage of this extraordinary experiment. I hope you find it as intriguing as I do!
You can find out a lot more about animal sentience in my book, Buddhism for Pet Lovers.
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