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Animals & Nature

Beavers

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I think animals and nature can always teach us something if we dare to learn from them. Let’s discover what beavers can teach us.

The beaver is the national animal of Canada and is depicted on the Canadian nickel. Beavers are family oriented, monogamous, and pair for life. Both parents participate in raising the kits and toilet train them to use an underwater door in their lodges. The one-year-olds help keep the bedding washed in the nursery by cleaning it out regularly. (That’s impressive!)  

And when a beaver hears running water, it thinks the dam has broken so it gets to work to repair it immediately. No need for uxorial prompting to get the repairs done!

If a parent has been separated from the family for any reason, the older kits take over his or her role. Once the kits leave home, they don’t venture too far away from their family, and like human animals, they are able to recognize a family member among other beavers with one difference: beavers identify family by the makeup of their anal gland secretions.

“The beaver family provides protection for all the residents of the pond,” digging out escape routes to avert predators along with secret entrances and exits to their lodges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyBZ1mdg2c). When a beaver senses a wolf or bear nearby, it will “slap” its tail to alert the others.

North America’s landscape is built primarily by beavers. They fell hundreds of trees to build a dam (“a barrier that impounds water or underground streams”) and have been labeled “extraordinary engineers” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyBZ1mdg2c). They know precisely where to place every twig, rock, and branch so that their lodges are secure. They dredge mud from the bottom of the pond to seal their homes, and the entire family pitches in (pun intended).

The younger beavers are apprentices who watch and learn from their fathers, who show them how to repair any damage to their lodge. At the end of summer, beavers speedily gather food and store it before winter arrives and the pond freezes over. Beaver dams provide protection and an array of food for other wildlife. The trees that beavers cut down are homes for insects that become a buffet for woodpeckers.  Frogs from the pond become a meal for raccoons, and birds that migrate for the winter use the beaver ponds for nesting sites and rest stops. Geese find it warm to nest on top of the beaver lodges, while deer and elk forage on the lush greenery. These dams provide other animals with nutrient rich delights.

Water is a basic need for human animals and all other animals, and billions of tons of water are filtered through beaver damns! In 2002 the only places in nature without drought were where beavers lived; hence the conclusion that with beavers, ponds will be full of water but without beavers, they won’t.

Beavers definitely have the engineering and sound construction of lodges figured out perfectly. In addition, their landscaping abilities prove beneficial to many. “Beavers turn deserts into gardens” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyBZ1mdg2c).

Beavers mate for life! They don’t run out on each other in tough times. If one of the parents dies, there is no contention between siblings as to who should remain at home as there is with human animals; the kits all remain to help out the surviving parent.

Beavers look out for each other, warn each other in times of danger, and are very prepared animals. No wonder the saying goes, “Busy as a beaver,” but busy being useful and productive, which blesses many.

See more about beavers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLyBZ1mdg2c.

Sharks - Predator or Prey?

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Sharks in the Water or Sharks out of the Water? Who’s the Real Predator?

Though accurately predicting exactly how many sharks are killed every year by humans remains difficult, estimates show up to 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins alone.1 

Shark fins are used to make shark fin soup. In fact, shark fins are now considered one of the most valuable commodities in the world. One Whale Shark fin can sell up to $100,000 while a Basking Shark fin can sell for $250,000!2

Appreciating Nature

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Loving Nature Should Be Natural.

Nature is a part of creation, not apart from creation, and if we continue to allow ourselves to close our eyes and block our ears to the world of beauty and amazement performed by nature and justify the egregious abuse and neglect of it, then we have fallen into a deep pit of depravity.

Imagine a world of just human animals! Yikes!!!!

And here’s a thought to consider, could we human animals even exist without nature?

Let’s take a closer look at this question.

Let’s look at the bee.

Geese

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I think that animals and nature can always teach us something if we dare to learn. Let’s discover what geese can teach us.

Geese are categorized as anseriformes, which include about 140 different species. A female is called a goose and a male a gander. A baby is called a gosling. A group of geese is called a gaggle. Though they are waterfowls they do like spending quite a bit of time on land. They love to eat mostly fertilized grass and spend most of the daytime doing just that.1

Geese fly together in what is called a “V” formation or a wedge. This enables them to fly 70% better than if they fly solo.2 They make a honking noise, which symbolizes “encouragement” to whomever is leading the formation and when the goose or gander who is at the point position tires or sickens, another one in the formation moves into that post so the one who needs rest can fall back.3

Ants

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I think that animals and nature can always teach us something if we dare to learn. Let’s discover what ants can teach us.

Such a small thing an ant is, but don’t let that fool you because they sure can build big ideas!

Have you ever been faced with ants in your house? They seem to show up in groups!

Speaking about groups of ants, the biggest ant colony in the world used to be in Japan made up of 306 million workers, 1 million queens and 45,000 nests. A “massive supercolony was found in Southern Europe – built by Argentine ants.”1 That was more than 3700 miles long, including billions of worker ants along with millions of nests. The distance between Mexico to Alaska! Okay that’s amazing!

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