From a story at News.com:
Sri Lankan wildlife officials have said the giant waves that killed more than 24,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast seemingly missed wild beasts, with no dead animals found.
"No elephants are dead, not even a dead hare or rabbit," HD Ratnayake, deputy director of Sri Lanka's Wildlife Department, said yesterday.
"I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening."
As she struggled through the torrent, she saw a snake as big as a telephone pole gliding left with current of the water and towards what turned out to be a makeshift bank.
"Strangely I felt no fear," Riza said, adding she followed the snake to safety.