Oscar, the Grim Reaper??? by Skeeter
In Providence, RI there is a strange phenomenon in the form of a cat. 2 year old Oscar was adopted as a kitten and grew up around the dementia unit in a nursing and rehab center. Within 6 months of Oscar arriving, he would make rounds to visit patients as if he were a doctor himself! He will sniff and observe patients then move on to the next room. He will pause with certain patients only. Those, he will curl up beside and remain until their death!
Oscar seems to be more accurate then the highly educated doctors in predicting the death of a patient. He has predicted correctly 25 times that someone will be going to their death usually within 2-4 hours!
Oscar’s uncanny ability to predict death is an asset to the facility. The staff can call the "chosen" patients family so they can rush in to say a final goodbye to a loved one. The patients whom he chooses are not coherent enough to know he is with them so they have no fear of the Grim Reaper in the form of a furry Gray and White cat. Oscar will curl up beside them and purr while keeping them company until they pass on to the afterlife!
I have heard stories before of dogs sniffing Cancerous tumors in owner’s bodies, but never have I heard of a cat predicting death. Animals are amazing in more ways then one. I hope that when my time comes, I have a furry friend curled beside me for comfort!
This past Monday my family said goodbye to my Great Aunt which I adored. She was the last connection to my grandmother which left us way too soon in life. I really wish that Oscar could have been there to let our family know her time was near. Then we could have said our goodbye’s in person to our dear Aunt Vera…
Alice provided a web sight on Oscar if anyone would like to read it… www.reuters.com/article/email/idUSN2531239020070726
The Story I read was from the AP, that sight is….
posted by Skeeter at 7/27/2007 08:27:00 PM