Response network aims to minimize quake damage by picking up signs from animals.

If your cat is doing laps of the house, your dog burrows obsessively, your peacock screeches for days, or your horse won’t eat, look out-the big one may be about to hit.

Armed with data backing up an age-old superstition, a team of researchers plans a response network that uses signs of abnormal animal behavior to predict earthquakes and warn quake-prone areas.

The group aims to have the system in place by year-end.