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Published on May 28, 2010
1) US : GOATMAN 2) AUS: PHAR LAP 3) PSYCHIC PETS 1
1) US : GOATMAN (DUR: 7'36) For more than four decades a creature with the human body and legs like a goat has reportedly haunted the American state of Maryland. Reports began to emerge in 1957. A large hairy manlike creature was seen by a couple in their driveway as they arrived home late one night. A posse was formed to hunt for the animal, but nothing was ever found. The creature, which allegedly has a passion for killing dogs, became known as the Goatman, taking a prominent place in the area's folklore. Reports of the Goatman are still being made and Animal X went to uncover the mystery of the half-man, half-goat beast.
2) Australia : PHAR LAP (DUR: 9'11)
For Australians in the 1930s, Phar Lap was a national hero. Born in New Zealand in 1926, Phar Lap won 37 of the 51 races in which he started earning him the title of 'The Greatest Racehorse ever'. In 1930, just two days before the Melbourne Cup, an attempt was made on Phar Lap's life but Tommy Woodcock shielded Phar Lap who went on to win the race. Phar Lap died in California in 1932. Autopsy reports stated that Phar Lap died of a 'colicky condition' due to eating wet grass. However, allegations of foul play were made against owner Tommy Woodcock and incompetence against vet Tony Nielson. Animal X explores the mystery and controversy which surrounds the death of 'The Greatest Racehorse ever'.
3) UK/USA : PSYCHIC ANIMALS I (DUR: 9'36)
Throughout history they've become renowned for their uncanny ability to sense certain things, most notably impending disaster. Countless animals have been attributed with helping to save lives, often in incredible feats of endurance. But is it possible for them to read our minds, know our intentions? New research from London suggests they can, and over great distances and periods of time. Animal X met up with the man at the centre of this research, Dr Rupert Sheldrake who, as well as looking into pets anticipating their owners return is also investigating pets that can predict earthquakes. His studies show that approximately one dog in two appears to know when their owner's coming home, even from as far away as New York to England. And he says it's possible for mice to predict earthquakes, as all animals in some way can sense an oncoming quake.