As with human-like apparitions, not all animal apparitions are positive experiences. You have no doubt heard of encounters with shadow people... but how about shadow animals? Kamala relates these peculiar experiences, which began after a real bird became trapped in her house:
- My mom released it outside and it flew away. Our dog, Casey, started following something not sensed by us in our living room. She started acting strangely and continued to sniff and bark at things that were not there. My mom sensed a bird flying over her head. There was no earthly bird to be found. A phantom "cat" has joined our home recently. My mom, my sister, and I have all "seen" it. It is like a dark shadow. I actually thought it was a cat running under the kitchen table! The last thing to join us is a "black lizard." My sister spotted it in our basement. My mom also saw it there. It was very clearly defined, not a shadow like the cat. There are no lizards around in the middle of winter where I live. They are there one-second and vanish the next. Could these "animals" be manifestations of a negative energy?
Another reader has even reported seeing chicken shadow ghosts.
Stranger still is this story from Neal T. about a very real-looking bird that had some quite unreal abilities, causing Neal to wonder if it existed in some other dimension:
- My father and uncle were sitting in the living room, one side of which is enclosed floor to ceiling by two large French windows. It was about three in the afternoon, and as they were watching television, a bird -- possibly a wren -- flew against one of the glass panes. They both heard the noise and turned to observe the bird flutter for a moment, then appear to flatten itself out and squeeze through between the frame that encases the top of one of the panes! It flew to the opposite side of the room to the open door of the patio, where it flew away. This, I think we can all agree, is contrary to our conventional perception of reality and reason. The panes are firmly in place, without so much as a crack. So what we're talking about is what appeared to be a solid form -- the bird -- pushing itself through another solid form -- the glass -- without damage to either one. There are two witnesses who saw this. So the trite explanation of "it's your imagination" can be ruled out.