Buffalo's Predicting Yellowstone Eruption ?

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    Buffalo's Predicting Yellowstone Eruption ?

    I don't know how many here think like I do that the Yellowstone officials have been scammed by the popular video of these animals running down a road in Yellowstone. Obviously the park officials took the video seriously and tried to explain the animals action as normal. I call fake as are many You Tube video's of this type. If you notice in the video the only shadows being cast are those of the Buffalo. No shrub shadows, no shadows of the poles along the road, while the animal shadows are crisp.

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    Yellowstone National Park: Bison running from 'volcano' in YouTube video were just frisky, says Yellowstone Volcano Observatory scientist Peter Cervelli | Metro News

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    It's an animal that let Indians dressed as wolves trick them into running over cliffs. I'm not sure I trust their judgement.
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    Very observant about the shadows. I never would have spotted that incongruity.

    I am with you. I call fake.
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    You can see faint shadows of the brush on the small patches of snow. Light gray shadowing is difficult to see on a mottled gray ground cover. The buffalo, being large solid objects cast dark shadows on the solid gray asphalt. Trust me, I was the third shooting in Dallas. And the park rangers said the beasts do this all the time.
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    I think the video is real, but I also think it isn't a big deal. Animals typically take the path of least resistance, so the road is a great place for them to run down. Why go crashing through the scrub when they can run down this nice open path?

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    Buffalo are cattle, so they are herd-oriented.

    It doesn't take much to spook a herd, like a small tremor.

    Animals do have a keen sense of hearing and they can detect a storm from a long distance away.

    I had a Labrador once upon a time that would start freaking out on a sunny day. He emitted a horrible odor when he was scared. I always knew a storm was heading our way when Pepper started panting and following me everywhere I went.

    Also, I remember the Tsunami in Thailand. The animals started running for the hills while people kept swimming along the beach. A lot of people died that day.

    It definitely helps to pay attention to an animal's actions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I had a Labrador once upon a time that would start freaking out on a sunny day. He emitted a horrible odor when he was scared.
    I have been known to do likewise.
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    I thought I was going to have a stroke or heart attack the other day because my dog wouldn't leave my side (they say they can detect when there's something wrong with their owner's health).

    Nope. I guess he was just feeling affectionate that day.
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    My wife tells me that our dogs get up and go lay by the garage door a few minutes before I get home. That puts me a mile or two away in a semi-urban area with other traffic.
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    I don't think a couple of Buffalo stampeding down the street mean much; but if there's a bunch of raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, foxes etc. running with them...I'd run too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I thought I was going to have a stroke or heart attack the other day because my dog wouldn't leave my side (they say they can detect when there's something wrong with their owner's health).

    Nope. I guess he was just feeling affectionate that day.


    Not many dogs are that in-tune with their owner.

    If I'm hurt, my Aussie will hobble around like she's got a broken leg. The first time she did it, I thought she had a splinter in her foot, or sprained her leg. At the time, my arm was bandaged up and in a sling. My dog saw it and she started limping around like she was hurt really bad.

    If I stub a toe, she starts limping.

    What's up with that?

    My other dogs don't sympathize with my pain.
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    That's one cool dog in my book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    I don't think a couple of Buffalo stampeding down the street mean much; but if there's a bunch of raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, foxes etc. running with them...I'd run too.
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