Our Amazing Creator: Part IV

Our God, is an amazing Creator.

He created the okapi:

Have you ever wondered what would happen, if a giraffe and a zebra had a baby? If you have, that’s weird, but it would probably look like an okapi. Though they do have a zebra behind, the okapi is one of the two living members of the family Giraffidae. And like their giraffe cousins, okapis have extremely long tounges, measuring between 14–18 inches long, which they can use to lick their own ears and even wash their eyelids. These superheroes can also communicate in the dense forest with infrasonic calls, which cannot be picked up by human ears, and they have stinky feet, since they have scent glands on each foot that secrets a tar-like substance to mark their territory.

On top of these abilities, okapis are the masters of hide-and-go-seek. They have extremely good hearing, and the white and brown marks on their rumps help with camouflage. When an okapi is born, she will stay still in her nest for the first six to nine weeks of her life to avoid becoming lunch, which is much longer than calves of other species, such as cows or elephants. In fact, before they were described in 1901 by Sir Harry Johnston, okapis were thought to be a myth. Europeans heard tales of the animals from the natives of the Congo, but having lack of evidence, labeled these creatures as the ‘African unicorn.’ Which means, there’s still hope that Bigfoot may be real, too:

Our God, is an amazing Creator.

He created the water deer:

Though the sight of this deer may provoke images of a vampire or a sabertooth tiger, these deer1 are herbivores, and prefer to munch on grass instead of blood or meat. The water deer can be found in China and Korea and have also been introduced to France and the United Kingdom. They are also the only known deer that do not grow antlers [with reindeer being the only deer which both males and females grow antlers], but instead, the males grow extended canines, measuring up to 2cm long, which they use to compete for mates and to defend their territory from other males. Water deer can also smell humans up to 100 metres away, and will flee even if they don’t see them, sometimes bounding away like a hare. Though vegetarians, Disney’s Bambi might not have been as popular, if the company took inspiration from one of these deer instead of a white-tailed.

1English tip: the plural for “deer” is “deer.” It does not need an ‘s’ attached to it, which is common for most words in English, with some exceptions being: fish, sheep, moose, geese, oxen, foxes, men, and fungi.

Our God, is an amazing Creator.

He created the manatee:

If you see a friendly grey potato with a floppy disk tale swimming in the water, it’s probably a manatee. The manatee, or the sea cow, is a slow-moving water-mammal, and shares more looks with an elephant than a whale or a dolphin. Like sharks, they are constantly growing teeth, but not because of tearing flesh, but because of the wear of grazing six to eight hours daily.

Though cute, it is illegal to hug them or to ride on top of them, since all three species of manatees are either vulnerable or endangered. Human interaction could also change the way which they interact with humans, such as making them more friendly and more vulnerable in being injured by boats, though they do make great dancing partners for cucumbers.  And not only are manatees slow swimmers, but they are also nearsighted, and can see in blue, grey, and green, but not red.

Manatees are also believed to be the inspirations for mermaids. Though the sailors who spotted them had to have been extremely seasick or blind to mistake these creatures for beautiful sea maidens. In fact, Christopher Columbus recorded in one of his journals, “On the previous day [8 Jan 1493], when the Admiral went to the Rio del Oro [Haiti], he distinctly saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea; but they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.”

These masculine mermaids have no natural predators, and will not attack humans, though they have accidentally hurt some with their sheer size and slapping tails. “They’re the most docile, defenseless creature there is,” said Patrick Rose, an aquatic biologist and executive director of the Save the Manatee Club, to a reporter for PBS.org. Strangely, even a 12-foot alligator will give way to these gentle giants. If a manatee wants to swim past a gator, it will swim up to it and bump or nudge it to move. Unfortunately, this tactic doesn’t work with motorboats. If care is not taken, these friendly giants could easily be lost.

Our God, is an amazing Creator.

He created the platypus:

What is it?

This animal continues to amaze people, and was first thought to be a hoax when specimens from Australia where sent to England in the 18th century. Not only do they have a beaverlike tail, a ducklike bill, and otterlike feet, but they also lack a stomach (their esophagi instead being directly attached to their intestines), detect their prey using their bills and electric fields, use gravel as teeth, have retractable webbing, and store body fat within their tales in case of a food shortage. There’s no wonder why platypuses make great secret agents. Additionally, the males have a venomous spur attached to their hind limbs, and females can lay leathery eggs like a reptile [the only other egg-laying mammal being the echidna], and nurse their young without nipples (the milk instead oozing out of her mammary glands like sweat).

God most definitely had a sense of humor when he created the platypus. Which, if the God-head decided to have separate projects, I can see the platypus being the creation of the Spirit. Or perhaps, the platypus was made, to demonstrate to man that life didn’t start by accident, but by the plans of a Creator.

Our God, is an amazing Creator.

He created YOU.

 

~Photos Obtained

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