DOCTOR Doolittle, Brandon Stark and Tarzan all talk to animals in the world of make believe.
But one mum from Devon claims that animal telepathy isn’t just the stuff of kids’ films or Game of Thrones.
Becky Willoughby says she can communicate with animals – and has set up a business trying to re-unite missing pets with their owners.
The 50-year-old claims that she can tune into an animal’s ‘energy’ and is able to channel the way the creature is feeling, what it can see and even its exact location.
Becky, who claims she first noticed her ‘gift’ when she was 10, told The Sun Online: “I connect energetically with the animal, tuning into its energies like a radio finding a station.
“Once I’ve finely tuned so I can hear, the animal tells me things. It’s just a knowing. I can also see images in my mind – which is what I use to find missing pets”
“I’ve worked on over 100 animal cases and sometimes I can find them as quickly as three or four minutes.”
To trace someone’s pet, Becky asks for a picture of the dog or cat, their name, how they got lost and where they were last seen.
I connect energetically with the animal, tuning in to its energies like a radio finding a station.
Practicing her bizarre ‘skill’ for more than 25 years, she says that she has helped traced over 100 animals, with one of her recent jobs resulted in her finding a missing dog in Australia.
Mollie the dog had jumped off the back of Hannah Gilpin’s pick up truck as she was travelling from Blackall to Broome in Australia.
Becky said: “Hannah contacted me and she was distraught.
“Her dog had gone missing and the dog was her partner’s, he had died in a car accident – so that was the only connection she had left with him.
“She lost him in the middle of nowhere and I found her. She was over the moon.
“I told her the exact location she needed to go to and explained the house that I could see.
I feel really blessed to have this gift, it’s really special and I’m glad that I can help others with it.
“It turned out that a woman had found the dog and was keeping her at her home in the hope that she would see a missing poster.”
Relieved dog owner Hannah said: “I had no hope in ever finding her until I contacted Becky.
“From the other side of the world she reassured me that Mollie was ok and told me to wait.
“Two days later we received a phone call from the loveliest lady that had found Mollie.
“It literally would have been like finding a needle in a haystack.”
Becky, 50, was also initially involved in trying to find Gizmo the Chihuahua after the four-year-old pub was allegedly plucked from Rebecca Hill’s garden in July.
As well as finding missing pets, Becky also offers animal communication as a way for owners to try and find out exactly how their pets are feeling.
I found that when I was giving Reiki I could actually see inside what was wrong with them, in the same way that I can with the animals.
Becky said: “I do a lot of horse communication especially. I can do it in person or via video link, but I have been doing it for so long now that I can immediately pick up on the horse’s energy.
“I know exactly how it’s feeling. I use my senses and intuition, I can just stand there and look at it and I know.
“I went to do a horse communication the other day and as soon as I walked into the stables I knew she had spinal problems, I could just sense it. I never claim to be a medical professional, I just provide insight.
“I told her owner this and she said that she had been x-rayed and was told she was fine. I told her that the vet needed to do another because she was missing something.
“The lady had another x-ray done and it turned out that the vets had missed something and it was in the exact position I said.”
Growing up, Becky spent a lot of time outside in the garden with her dogs.
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She said it was spending time with her childhood pets that first let her notice her gift.
“As a child I always had a connection with animals,” she said.
“I spent a lot of time outside with the dogs, and was about ten when I started to realise that I had a special connection.
“I feel really blessed to have this gift, it’s really special and I’m glad that I can help others with it.”