Category Archives: God’s creation

Sunday Smiles: Lots of cute doggies!

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Meet the Hercules Beetle

Thanks goodness we don’t have these in Oklahoma!

The Hercules Beetle is found in the rainforests of Central and South America and is one of the largest flying insects in the world. For obvious reasons, they are also known as the rhinoceros beetle.

Male Hercules beetles can be up to 7 inches in length, including the horns.  They can carry up to 100 times their body mass. And apparently some people keep Hercules beetles as pets! Hard pass on that for me…

Check this guy out:

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#ThrowbackThursday: Remember Denver the Guilty Dog?

Remember this from 2011?

That was Denver The Guilty Dog. This video now has over 55 million views!

Denver passed away in 2018 at the age of 14. Yet his video – and memory – lives on YouTube forever.

Such a good boi!

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Woman pushes bear off fence to protect her doggies

This is incredible. Yet not surprising.

“Momma Bears” of all species will do anything to protect their babies.

Watch as a woman in California pushes a brown bear (who has cubs with her) off her fence to save her pups:

More details about this incident from Fox News:

“In the video, a bear can be seen climbing over a fence into the house’s garden. Several cubs also appear to be with the larger animal, suggesting that it’s a mother bear. Multiple dogs appear and start barking at the bear. One of the larger dogs runs up to the bear and is struck in the face several times by the larger animal. 

According to a comment by Brenda, the dog was fine although it did suffer from some scratches.

Then, Hailey comes running into the frame and pushes the bear off the fence. While the bear quickly climbed back onto the fence, this gave Hailey enough time to gather the dogs and get them out of the area.

In a later video, Hailey explains that she lives in the mountains and since it is summer, bears aren’t an uncommon sight. According to Hailey, she suffered a sprained finger from the encounter.”

Great job Hailey!

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Tuesday Animals

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A sheep who refuses to be a sheeple

The word “sheeple” is a combination of the words “sheep” and “people” — a derogatory term that likens people to sheep, a herd animal that is easily led about. Like sheep, such people are docile, compliant, unthinking, and easily influenced and controlled by a governing power, the media, or market fads.

But there’s a remarkable sheep who simply refuses to be a sheeple.

On April 21, 2021, in Roermond, Netherlands, this sheep stood up to a sheep dog and refused to be herded.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Majestic Beauty: The Grand Canyon

One place I’ve always wanted to visit is the Grand Canyon. I’ve only seen the Grand Canyon from an airplane and it is so stunning from that view! I can’t imagine what it is like to be on the ground and witness the true beauty of it all.

Located in Arizona, the Canyon was carved by the Colorado River and is 277 miles long and the carvings began millions of years ago. Here’s some fun facts about the Grand Canyon, from The National Park Foundation:

  • The Grand Canyon creates its own weather
  • There are no dinasour bones in the Canyon
  • There are only eight fish species native to the Grand Canyon, six of which are found nowhere outside of the Colorado River
  • There’s a town in the Grand Canyon called Supai Village, within the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It is not reachable by road and mail is still delivered by pack mule!

Supai Village

Here’s a bit of history about the Canyon and how it came to be a national park:

Here’s a video that explains the formation of the Canyon:

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? And if you have been, did you walk the Skywalk Bridge (see below)?

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A bat that’s the size of humans

This is the stuff of nightmares.

I wonder if this bat was the inspiration for Bram Stoker‘s 1897 horror novel Dracula.

The giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the golden-capped fruit bat, is a species of mega-bat endemic to the Philippines and one of the largest bat species in the world. It has a wingspan of 4.9–5.6 ft., the longest forearm length of any bat species, measuring up to 8.5 in., and is among the heaviest of all bat species, with individuals weighing up to 3.1 lb.

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The more ape fossils we find, the less we know about human evolution

Darwinian evolutionists maintain that human beings (homo sapiens) evolved from simians millions of years ago. It is said that humans diverged from apes — specifically, the chimpanzee lineage — at some point between about 9.3 million and 6.5 million years ago, towards the end of the Miocene epoch.

The persistent problem is scientists, specifically archeologists, have not discovered fossils of the “missing link” — a hypothetical extinct ape-man or man-ape creature halfway in the evolutionary line between modern human beings and their anthropoid progenitors. That creature is believed to be the last common ancestor of humans and chimps.

Since Darwin, archeologists have discovered many ape fossils. But American Museum of Natural History writes in SciTechDaily, May 9, 2021, that “In the 150 years since Charles Darwin speculated that humans originated in Africa, the number of species in the human family tree has exploded.” Despite the “explosion” of ape fossils, “most human origins stories are not compatible with known fossils,” resulting in an increase in “the level of dispute concerning early human evolution.”

Sergio Almécija, a senior research scientist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Anthropology, the lead author of “Fossil apes and human evolution,” a new review out on May 7, 2021 in the journal Science, said: “When you look at the narrative for hominin origins, it’s just a big mess — there’s no consensus whatsoever. People are working under completely different paradigms, and that’s something that I don’t see happening in other fields of science.”

Almécija said: “In The Descent of Man in 1871, Darwin speculated that humans originated in Africa from an ancestor different from any living species. However, he remained cautious given the scarcity of fossils at the time. One hundred fifty years later, possible hominins — approaching the time of the human-chimpanzee divergence — have been found in eastern and central Africa, and some claim even in Europe. In addition, more than 50 fossil ape genera are now documented across Africa and Eurasia. However, many of these fossils show mosaic combinations of features that do not match expectations for ancient representatives of the modern ape and human lineages. As a consequence, there is no scientific consensus on the evolutionary role played by these fossil apes.

Almécija explains that there are two major approaches to resolving the human origins problem: A “top-down” approach that relies on analysis of living apes, especially chimpanzees, and a “bottom-up” approach that puts importance on the larger tree of mostly extinct apes. For example, some scientists assume that hominins originated from a chimp-like knuckle-walking ancestor. Others argue that the human lineage originated from an ancestor more closely resembling, in some features, some of the strange Miocene apes.

In reviewing the studies surrounding these diverging approaches, Almécija et al.  discuss the limitations of relying exclusively on one of these opposing approaches to the hominin origins problem. “Top-down” studies sometimes ignore the reality that living apes (humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and hylobatids) are just the survivors of a much larger, and now mostly extinct, group. On the other hand, studies based on the “bottom-up”approach are prone to giving individual fossil apes an important evolutionary role that fits a preexisting narrative.

Overall, the researchers found that most stories of human origins are not compatible with the fossils that we have today.

Despite that, hope springs eternal among evolutionists that the ever elusive “missing link” will be found. Almécija et al. insist that “fossil apes remain essential to reconstruct the ‘starting point’ from which humans and chimpanzees evolved.”

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God’s Creation: Goldfish have memories spanning weeks, months and even years

The goldfish (Carassius auratus) is a freshwater fish in the carp family, commonly kept as a pet in indoor aquariums, and is one of the most popular aquarium fish.

In outdoor ponds and in the wild, goldfish can grow to about 14 inches. But when kept in small indoor aquariums, goldfish tend to be stay small in size of about 1 to 2 inches long.

Imagine how small the brain of an one-inch goldfish is.

Diminutive though they are, it turns out that the humble goldfish has a memory that spans weeks, months and even years. The science to back this up has been around for more than 60 years.

Harry Baker reports for LiveScience, May 22, 2021, that Culum Brown, an expert in fish cognition at Macquarie University in Australia, said, “We’ve known about the reasonably good memories of goldfish since the ’50s and ’60s. Despite what everybody thinks, they’re actually really intelligent.”

Brown has studied the intelligence of fish, including goldfish, for more than 25 years and thinks the misconception comes from a combination of ignorance about fish intelligence in general and guilt, because pet owners often keep them in small, boring tanks.

In reality, goldfish have such impressive memories, they’re often used as a common model for studying memory and learning in fishes. Brown said that “there are thousands of studies [on goldfish] that show fish have excellent memories. And the rate of which these studies are being published is growing exponentially.”

Here is how we know goldfish have long memories:

  • A majority of studies involve food. For example, if goldfish are fed at only one side of their tank, they will quickly learn and remember to stay on that side of the tank at feeding times, regardless of whether they are actually fed. Similarly, if pushing a red paddle gains a food reward but a blue one doesn’t, goldfish quickly learn to push the red and not the blue, and will continue to show a preference for that color long after the experiment is finished. These types of experiments have also been replicated with other cues, such as bubbles and even music.
  • Goldfish are good problem-solvers and have been taught to escape nets and navigate mazes. They can even remember how to repeat these tasks weeks, and even months, later.
  • Other evidence suggests that goldfish can recognize and remember other individuals, even after long periods of separation.
  • There is also a wealth of anecdotal evidence from goldfish owners who often observe complex behaviors in their pets when interacting with them. Some even claim that their goldfish can recognize them apart from other people.

Despite reams of research, the public’s view on goldfish memory hasn’t budged much. Brown said that’s because most people do not come across live fish in their daily lives, and even when they do, “people don’t interact with fishes the way that they do [with] other animals. This makes it easier for misconceptions and myths to be widely accepted. But public perception of fish cognition may be slowly improving as more wildlife charities and nongovernmental organizations spread the word about fish intelligence.

Properly cared for goldfish can live 20 years. Brown urges goldfish owners to consider getting their pets large tanks with enrichment objects and companion fish, as well as taking the time to play games with them and teach them tricks, because your goldfish might remember certain experiences for years to come.

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