I’ve noticed that with several people I have known over the years, people that have stroked or had been gravely I’ll for periods of time and have recovered either fully or partially.
I have a girl that comes out to visit my animals, she was very ill as a toddler and has had a brain injury. For whatever reason even my stubborn horses that refuse to come in will voluntarily come up to the fence as soon as they see her and start nickering and pawing at the fence to get her attention, when she rides her horse stops walking as soon as he feels her lean too far one way or the other, same horse won’t do it for anyone else.
Not sure if there’s a chemical thing or it’s the posture and movements the animals pick up on but we have seen them behave differently to some people that have had an illness or injury that have been life threatrning. As for communications with, nobody has said anything regarding that, only the animals are extra gentle and seen to be more obedient with them.
I know it sounds silly, and if it were just one animal doing so I could call it a bond or what ever but it’s all our horses, goats, cats, dogs even our pet cows react the same towards this girl.