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Oscar the cat predicts deaths

26th July 2007

In America, a cat is baffling doctors by seemingly being able to predict when patients in a Rhode Island nursing home are about to die.

Two year old Oscar has now been the subject of a study by the New England Journal of Medicine and was found to have predicted 25 deaths so far. Oscar, who is not usually people-friendly, has developed a knack of curling up to patients in their final hours - and if removed, paces up and down outside the patient's room making a racket.

The story precipitates all kinds of questions about the sensitivities of cats and the nature of death - but I'm not sure we'll be training our feline friends to patrol NHS wards any time soon.


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