At the Stiere House nursing home hospice in Providence, Rhode Island, the U.S., there is an Oscar, a cat called "The Death of a Death," who knows exactly who is going to die in the ward.
According to hospital doctors' testimony, Oscar knew exactly how many of his 25 patients died so far, and came to protect them until he died.
Oscar's sit next to his bed is dead in less than four hours, and medical staff in the ward think the cat does the same to comfortably guide the sufferers out there.
Dr. David Dosa, a professor of medicine at Brown University and a doctor at Stiele House, who described Oscar's mysterious predictive abilities in the New England Journal of Medicine, said that Oscar makes little mistakes and he seems to know exactly when to die.
According to him, the families of the dying patients receive comfort from the cat and thank the cat for being a friend for the dying.
Oscar, who is 2 years old this year, has been adopted by a hospital since he was a kitten and lives in a rehabilitation ward on the third floor, where he usually treats patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
He went around the hospital smelling and observing the patients, and one day he began to sit next to the people he was going to die within hours.
Dr. Tosa says Oscar is not a friendly cat to people, and Dr. Joanne Teno, a colleague of Dr. Tosa, also says she knows who will be dying more than the person who works in the hospital.
She saw Oscar accurately predict the death of her 13th patient and was convinced that Oscar had the ability to know the death in advance.
Medical staff said they usually welcome Oscar, but once they saw one family kick him out of the hospital. Oscar then walked around the hall and meowed.
How can Oscar predict a person's death in advance? Are there any animals around us that have abilities similar to Oscar?