Bible history of Jonah swallowed by big fish here: Jonah 1:17, 2:10
Michael Packard swallowed by a whale:
6-11-21, Cape Cod, MA, USA -- Lobster Diver, Michael Packard reports:
“I was completely inside; it was completely black,” Packard said. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’ All I could think of was my boys — they’re 12 and 15 years old.” Outfitted with scuba gear, he struggled and the whale began shaking its head so that Packard could tell he didn’t like it. He estimated he was in the whale for 30 to 40 seconds before the whale finally surfaced."
Packard’s sister, Cynthia Packard, spoke with crewman Josiah Mayo, who relayed some of the details to her. Packard said Mayo saw the whale burst to the surface, and that he initially thought it was a great white shark.
“There was all this action at the top of the water,” Packard said Mayo told her. Then the whale flung her brother back into the sea. Mayo picked him up, called by radio to shore and sped back to the Provincetown pier. A Provincetown Fire Department ambulance took him to Cape Cod Hospital.
“Thank God, it wasn’t a white shark. He sees them all the time out there,” said Cynthia Packard. “He must have thought he was done.”
"Based on what was described, this would have to be a mistake and an accident on the part of the humpback," said Jooke Robbins, director of Humpback Whale Studies at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown. Humpbacks are not aggressive animals, particularly toward humans, she said.
The humpback was described by Mayo as being medium-sized, Michael Packard said, and Robbins suspects it was a juvenile feeding on sand lance. When a humpback opens its mouth to feed, it billows out like a parachute, blocking the animal’s forward vision, which is why so many become entangled in fishing gear in their mouth and jaws, said Robbins. Incidents of feeding humpbacks injuring swimmers and divers, especially instances of swallowing them, are so exceedingly rare as to be nonexistent, Robbins said. The esophagus on nontoothed whales is too small to actually swallow a human but they couldwrap their mouth around a large object and then spit it out. Robbins said that, unlike toothed whales such as Orcas.
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Five Times a Toy Stuffed Purple Unicorn was Stolen!
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Twenty Five Years after Wolves Returned, Ecosystem Stabilized
Yellowstone area’s wolves now numbering between 300 and 350 — the study, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology reports that to maintain consistent numbers, rather than yo-yoing up and down, can better withstand more frequent droughts. Doug Smith, Yellowstone's senior wildlife biologist reports that: “In a future that will be very unpredictable, we want a buffer against mass die-offs, wolves’ ability to keep elk herds balanced can play that role. Through hunting and management practices, humans help stabilize elk populations also, but they don’t do the same thing as wolves.” More here https://www.nationalgeographic.com
Loving and Caring For Animals
“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”
2-24-21, Whosoever is righteous will have kind regard for the life or the care of animals, whether they are pets or livestock. Clearly God's word shows that merciful and compassionate care given to our animals is very pleasing in His sight.
People who give humane treatment to animals is righteous in God’s sight. However that doesn’t mean they can be forgiven for their sin by the good works of having regard for the proper care & treatment of animals.
Our righteousness & salvation only comes from forgiveness and the life changing event of turning to the Savior Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3; John 3:3, 7; Acts 4:12, 14:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Bible verses about kindness to animals:
Deuteronomy 25:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.”
Proverbs 27:23 “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”
Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Luke 14:5 “And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?”
Texas Coast: Thousands of ‘Cold-Stunned’ Sea Turtles Rescued
Why does my cat lay on the other cat?
The female cat will sometimes be laying down in a box or in it's bed and the male cat likes to come over and walk on her and lay right on top of her. She will hiss and "cry", seems to be agitated...
I have several pairs that do this all the time. They are very much bonded to each other. The only thing is that they never object. After all, it is like a warm blanket on the cat that is on the bottom, and cats love warmth.
Why Do Dogs Roll in Smelly Stuff?
Veterinarians and behaviorists are not entirely sure why dogs roll in smelly things, but they do have a few ideas. Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: the last thing we want is to share their disgusting discoveries; not easy to avoid.
One of the most widely known theories is that dogs do this to cover their own scent, hiding from prey or other predators. Interesting that the Lord God almighty created animals with innate behaviors ... how else could it have happened that ALL dogs do it and no human trained them ... not even their parents?
7 Ways Dogs Are Good for Your Health
12-6-20, AARP -- Dogs don't just have a hold on our heart, they can also keep it healthy by getting you on the move. Studies have shown that dog owners have a lower risk of high blood pressure, and a 2013 report issued by the American Heart Association concluded that owning a dog is most likely linked to a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. As you age, the things that previously occupied your time fall away.
Caring for an animal can help make you feel needed and wanted. They also add structure to your day. “You have to get up in the morning to feed the dog, right?” Marks says. “That dog needs you.” The interaction and companionship that a dog provides can also ward off feelings of isolation and loneliness, which, in turn, can lead to depression.
The photographers had been exploring the Churchill region of Canada’s Hudson Bay, which is known to be the polar bear capital of the world.
See two minute video here
Silkworms: Amazing Miracle from God
Spiders and at least 18 different orders of insects make silk.
- Silkworms are the larvae from silk moths (Bombyx mori).
- They produce silk fibers—water-insoluble filament from glands—to create cocoons; humans simply unravel the cocoons back into strings.
- Domesticated silkworms tolerate human handling and massive crowding and are totally dependent on humans for survival.
- Silk fibers were used to make clothing by the Longshan period (3500–2000 BCE).
Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of cocoons of the silkworm species Bombyx to produce cloth began at least as early as the Longshan period (3500–2000 BC). More here
Flannel Moths Become Toxic 'Toupee' or 'Puss Caterpillars'
The Most Venomous Caterpillar in the U.S. Invades Virginia
9-16-14, National Geographic -- University of Florida entomologist Don Hall reports that these insects may look soft, their outer comb-over (which some have compared to a toupee) hides small, extremely toxic spines that prick and remain in victim's skin. (More about venom here) Mr Hall said: “A puss caterpillar sting feels like a bee sting, only worse. The pain immediately and rapidly gets worse and can even make your bones hurt.” Some have been hospitalized.
Also, the female flannel moths (what puss caterpillars become as adults) covers her eggs with hairs from the tip of her own abdomen. Strangely they also fling their poop away from their bodies. Hall believes that behavior prevents parasites from being attracted to the feces and potentially harming the caterpillars themselves. (Also see “Scat-Firing Caterpillars Elude Predators.”)
10-7-20, Daily Mail -- Furry caterpillars covered in venomous spines invade Virginia:
Maine, Michigan, Texas and Others See Honey Bee Populations Growing
9-29-20, GoodNewsNetwork -- Recent data from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture show that some states are experiencing Honey Bee colony growth of 70% or more.
From Jan 2019 to Jan 2020 there's been a 14% increase of honey bee colonies across the USA. States experiencing the broadest increase in colony growth—Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Maine adding tens of thousands of colonies.
This is especially good news as honey bees are are vital for stable, healthy food supplies. They pollinate, helping plants grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so keep the cycle of life turning.
The first half of 2020, the United States added roughly 420,000 more colonies to its bee populations than were lost. Thanks to bees we can enjoy a range of foods from fruit, vegetables to coffee and spices. And if you are wearing cotton, that's because the cotton plant your threads came from was pollinated. Source More here
9-27-20, Yes, there are wild and vicious dogs, but there are also wonderful companion dogs. They communicate sweet messages such as 'You are Loved.' 'You are not alone.' 'You are protected and guided by a divine higher Power.' When we are lonely, weary, overwhelmed by life’s burdens they tell us:
"I am here." See wonderful 2 minute video: "GOD and DOG" here
North Korea's Obese Leader Kim Jong-Un Orders the Forced Confiscation of Citizen's Pet Dogs for Food
North Koreans 'forced to give up pet dogs for restaurant
8-17-20, Sky.com -- Reportedly people in North Korea are being forced to give up their pet dogs so they can be used as dog meat for restaurants.
The move by the leader Kim Jong Un is thought to be aimed at appeasing rising discontent among the public amid a dire economic situation in the secretive country, including food shortages and famine.
In July 2020, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has issued a ban on dogs for pets. He denounced it as "a tainted trend by bourgeois ideology. Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up." Some dogs are being sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants. Dog meat is traditionally popular in China and on the Korean Peninsula, although consumption is on the decline in South Korea.
Difference Between Dogs & Cats
Most loved and admired pets on earth are the mammals: dogs and cats. Cats are mainly carnivorous dogs are omnivorous. Cats in the wild are solitary hunters; this is why cats are very self satisfactory. As long as cats are in their own environment they are apparently happy as it’s hard to tell. In contrast, dogs are pack animals and they are happy in many different environments as long as they have their “pack” with them.
Dogs can be trained fairly quickly, whereas cats are difficult if not impossible to train. Cats can jump and climb to amazing heights regardless of their human trying to stop them. Cats don’t need companions and seldom need bathing, but if long hair, should be brushed regularly. In contrast dogs, especially those with long hair, need frequent grooming and bathing. Dogs are faithful and loyal companions and need lots of love and attention … cats, not so much.
Benefits of Pets for Human Health
5-11-20, Center4Research.org -- Animals play an important role in many people's lives. In addition to 'service dogs' - seeing-eye dogs and dogs that can be trained to detect seizures, animals can also be used in occupational therapy, speech therapy, or physical rehabilitation to help patients recover. Animals are also valued as companions, which can certainly affect the quality of our lives.
Pets Can Improve Your Health
5-11-20, WebMD.com -- Pets are good for us humans. Animals have a positive impact on our moods and health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease because dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don't have dogs. People with pets are happier, & less lonely than those without pets. They also visit the doctor less often. More here
Biblical truths about animals: God Created Them
Animals aren't the product of happenstance or fortuitous natural processes any more than humans are. Genesis 1:24-25 says God created the animals, from the beasts of the earth to the creeping insects. Scripture even tells us that the breath of life resides within them (Genesis 7:15). By virtue of our creation in the image of God, we humans are uniquely special in comparison to all of creation, but that does not mean the rest of creation has no value to God or that He doesn’t enjoy it.
When God created animals, he declared their creation to be “good” (Genesis 1:25, 31). When God considered His creation in totality, He said His creation was “very good” not only in reference to humans. Humans are the crowning achievement of God’s creative activity, and as his image bearers, we possess something of the divine that nothing else in creation possesses, but we should not let that truth cloud our appreciation for the rest of creation or diminish our responsibilities toward it... More here
'Murder Hornets'? Asian giant hornets are in USA
5-2-20, USAToday -- An invasive small number of Asian giant hornet species slaughters honeybees, can be deadly to humans and - unfortunately - has been spotted in the United States. The so-called murder hornets have struck terror after it emerged last week that they have reached the US, after sightings in Washington state. More from Natl Geographic here
Giant, bee-eating hornets from Asia invade Washington State
12-23-19, NYPost -- Just one hornet can kill 40 bees in under a minute ...
Praying Mantis may save Humans From Hornets
5-2-20, NYPost -- Video shows a giant Asian hornet meeting its match: a brain-gobbling Praying Mantis. The clip starts with the mantis completely still as its five eyes patiently watch the hornet — an insect that can grow to 2 inches long, is known to kill up to 50 people a year in Japan, and recently arrived in the US. The Mantis suddenly springs forward with its long, modified front legs, keeping a vise-like grip on the doomed hornet, which twists and tries to turn its head in feeble attempts to put up a fight. The long-legged carnivore ...
Humans Lockdown Over Virus - leaving streets diserted
Wild Animals Reclaim Territory
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in early April 2020 that he would extend the quarantine at least until the end of the month.
- In India people in New Delhi have spotted monkeys looking for food in an alleyway lined with closed shops. And peacocks venturing to the city of Bengaluru 
- In Venice, Italy, clear blue canals have lured swans and fish before tourists return in gondolas.
- In Wales mountain goats roamed the streets of Llandudno; they typically live on a nearby hill that looks over the town, rarely heading into it.
- In Illinois USA the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago that’s closed to the public, penguins have been released into the public areas and are wandering about.
- London England a herd of deer settled on someone’s front lawn 
- Italy: Wild boars roam the streets of Bergamo 
 Peacocks https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/watch-humans-stay-lockdown-wild-animals-reclaim-urban-spaces-122129
 London: https://yhoo.it/3cz6nUC
 Italy: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/04/animals-reclaim-cities-across-the-world-as-millions-stay-indoors-in-coronavirus-lockdown/
Dachshunds aka 'Weiner dogs' are curious, lively and brave. They're similar to a terrier. This comical clown loves to play games and has a great sense of humor. He is a loyal little dog, very attached to his family, and he firmly believes that sleeping under the bedcovers is in the Dachshund Bill of Rights. They're usually good with other family pets, though they can be jealous when they want attention and they can be possessive of their toys. It's a great house dog, he does need his daily walks (on-leash! Dachshunds are chasers who will take off! Loneliness will lead to excessive barking. Dachshunds are alert watchdogs who do not take kindly to strangers intruding on their domain. Though bright and clever, Dachshunds like to do things their own way. In other words, they're stubborn.
Elephants Killed Christian Enemies in Odisha, India
Merciful Pastor Helps Homeless Orphaned Children
V 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. V22 You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. V7 Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. V5 God said, “I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress … the widow and the fatherless.”
3-26-20, * -- Reportedly, in 2007 Christian leader in Kandhamal Odisha, India - Pastor Prakash, brought 40 orphaned children into his home, from areas ravaged by disaster. By 2008, radical Hindu locals wanted to kill him. Pastor Prakash reported: “I was bound to leave my housing by evening. I left everything. I went to the forest with the children. By 7:30 they burned down my house.” The next two days were spent deep in the jungle and later in a relief camp, or rehabilitation home. Christian non-government organizations (NGO’s) sent representatives to set up tents and give the newly homeless people food and supplies.
On August 23, 2008, Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda was assassinated in Odisha. Police arrested seven Maoist men. However, the area’s Christian population was blamed saying it was an international conspiracy organized by the church. Christianity was banned and, over a three month period of terror; Christians were commanded to denounce their faith and follow Hinduism or be arrested. While extremist Hindus traveled in murderous groups to small Christian villages tucked deep into the pockets Odisha’s vast mountainous region, survivors heard chants ”Christian dharmo chalibo nahi” [Christian religion will not remain]. The groups killed many Christians who were publicly slaughtered, buried alive or burned. Human rights groups estimate that, by the time the Indian government took control of the situation, over 100 Christians were dead, 300 churches destroyed, 600 homes demolished and 56,000 people homeless.
In 2009 - exactly one year later, at the same time that the Hindu extremists began their rioting and path of destruction and horror; a herd of wild elephants charged through Kandhamal - as they do every year. Although this year they arrived abnormally early and the homes of those responsible for the 2008 riots were completely wiped out as elephants stormed through their communities killing five of the Christian oppressors. Some Christian homes were damaged, but no Christians died.
The animals were later referred to as the “Christian Elephants.”
Examples in scripture where the Lord God used His creation of animals to accomplish His goals:
a donkey Numbers 22:28; a whale Jonah 1:17; ravens 1 Kings 17:3-4; bear 2 Kings 2:23-25 and lions Daniel 6:22.
Although elephants aren't found in scripture … why not in modern day - the Lord used elephants in India?!
11-29-19, MorningStarNews -- The Supreme Court of India issued a decision granting bail to the five Christians from Odisha state falsely accused of killing Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, whose death on Aug. 23, 2008 in Kandhamal District touched off anti-Christian attacks that killed 120 people, destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and displaced thousands...
Excerpted and adapted full original report by Will Gerhard, Persecution Today here
God's word tells us that a 'happy heart' is good medicine:
1) 1 Timothy 5:23 Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.
2) Matthew 9:12 Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do.”
3) Jeremiah 8:22 Is there no medicine in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?
5) Isaiah 38:21; 2 Kings 20:7 Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.”
6) Jeremiah 51:8 But suddenly Babylon, too, has fallen. Weep for her. Give her medicine. Perhaps she can yet be healed.
7) Psalm 103:2-3 Bless the Lord, my soul, and never forget any of his benefits: He continues to forgive all your sins, he continues to heal all your diseases.
8) Revelation 22:2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.
9)Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
3-11-20, NBCNews -- Sadly the NCAA [college basketball in the USA] announced that the upcoming "March 2020 Madness" basketball tournaments will severely restrict attendance to only "essential staff and limited family" due to the coronavirus outbreak. Spokesman said they will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.
Differences Between Dogs & Cats
Dogs are pack animals loving company & will never feel bored if humans give attention to it. However, cats love to spend time alone. Dogs love to please their human, but cats love to please themselves. Dogs are more affectionate than cats. Dogs will wag their tail & even their whole body to show affection. A cat will sometimes purr & rub on their human tolerating being smooched, but you will be smooched by the dog! Dogs are happy to see you when it is awaken from sleep, but a cat will just pretend to be sleeping, even if you try to wake it and seems angry to be bothered.
1. A dog is a pack animal, and the cat is a loner.
2. Dogs bark, growl and woof. Cats just meow or purr.
3. Dogs need to be cared for, whereas cats are independent animals.
4. Dogs are more affectionate when compared to cats.
5. A dog scares away intruders, whereas a cat will just run for cover.
6. Dogs need a lot of space and they love to run about. On the contrary, cats are very happy in small spaces.
Two Lions in New Testament
The Apostle John's vision: “One of the elders saith unto me, 'Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."
2-28-20, * -- Animals have 'communities' ... elephants have a parade, geese have a gaggle, cows have a herd, fish have a school and lions have social units called prides. Some of the oldest paintings in history are in the Chauvet Cave in France containing artwork called the “Gallery of Lions.” [Smithsonian Museum report here]
In the New Testament we find lions—two of them. One is worthy of eternal worship; one is worthy of eternal condemnation.
1. THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH - Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; His great power is shown and felt in His devotion to creating and sustaining life for the world. Today’s verse is about Him and is part of a greater story in Revelation 5:5; there is a scroll no one in the universe can open and read making the apostle John weep! However, a mighty angel tells him, “Do not weep! The Lion of the Tribe of Judah . . . is able to open the scroll and its seals.” We learn that THIS Lion is worthy because He became a lamb shedding His blood for the salvation of people from every “tribe and language and people and nation.” (Matthew 26:28; Revelation 5:9)
2. THE LION OF DESTRUCTION - The apostle Peter writes about the wicked lion in 1 Peter 5:8, warning: "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." This lion is Satan himself and his powers are persecution, pain, confusion, delusion fear, destruction, devouring, consuming and death. [2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 4:3]
While Jesus is the Author of Life, Satan is the bringer of death.
One of Life or One of death?
Much like the artwork in those ancient caves, these two lions paint profound pictures about what it means to be human. As men and women, we will devote ourselves to one “pride” or the other: the pride of Jesus or the pride of Satan.
To follow Jesus is obey His commands, share His truth attempting to snatch lost family, friends and acquaintances from the jaws of Hell. Finding strength in selflessness, to be quick to do what’s right, to have a steel backbone against evil and to never run from God’s purpose on our lives.
To follow Satan is to take life, to find strength in selfishness, to have feet quick to do evil, to give in to sin and to flee from God’s call on our lives. Follow the Lord Jesus and live!
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Jordan Loftis here
China: Water Fowl Army of 100,000 Ducks Headed to Pakistan to Battle Incoming Plague of Locusts
2-27-20, Telegraph.uk -- Chinese officials are on standby to deploy an army of voracious ducks to Pakistan to help their neighbor fight locusts threatening to devour crops. At least 100,000 of the specially raised waterfowl are expected to be sent to Pakistan later this year to combat a desert locust outbreak. Chinese researchers have described the ducks as “biological weapons” and claimed...
... they can be more effective than pesticide.
“One duck is able to eat more than 200 locusts a day,” said Lu Lizhi, a senior researcher with the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences who is in charge of the project. A trial to gauge the ducks' locust-eating prowess would begin in Xinjiang later this year. More here
What Is The Coldest Temperature Horses Can Tolerate? Do they need blankets?
12-12-18, CowGirlMag -- Most horses can tolerate 0° F or even a little below. This would be without wind and precipitation. With shelter, such as a run-in or stable, your horse can manage in as low as -40° F. Their winter fur is still growing in until roughly December 22nd. If you blanket before that, you could be stunting the growth of the hair. Two horses are in the snow, one with a blanket, one without. Notice the unmelted snow on the unblanketed horse. His fur is working by insulating him. His body heat is not escaping; if his fur did not work the snow would melt immediately...
...The unblanketed horse has the same amount of unmelted snow on his back as the blanketed one. Eventually since the horse is warmer than the frozen ground the snow will melt on both of them. The problem we humans have when we pat our horses in the winter is that they feel cold to touch, but this is because their fur has insulated them and is keeping all the warmth next to the skin. Horses can have icicles hanging off their fur and be perfectly warm underneath. Cold temperatures require a little more work; however, with proper care, your horse is likely to do just fine this winter!
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