The Forest

The forest dew lay fresh on the ground. As you walk through the green canopy of trees, the gentle smell of water over-powers you. Refreshing and rejuvenating you as you walk. In the early morning, accompanying the smell of fresh dew is the sound of birds and small wildlife animals twittering in the forest. The cold ground touches your bare feet and makes you shiver with the sudden cold. Your feet are now starting to feel numb from the damp under your feet.

You can smell the flowers as you walk passed—stronger for the damp. The cold pierces right through you and you shiver. There is no sound from the ground as you walk. In the afternoon, the leaves will crunch under your feet, but not now. Not with this damp forest floor. Instead there is silence. A beautiful silence. A peaceful silence and, despite the cold, you don’t regret a thing.

It is afternoon and, as you predicted, you feel the familiar crunch of the leaves under your feet. The cold is replaced by a warmth that is accompanied by a cool breeze—such a freshness to it. A kind of breeze that makes you want to sleep right there on the leaves. You see a squirrel as it rushes passed you into a nearby tree—must be its nest. That is not the only animal you see. It seems all of nature is getting ready to welcome winter into its forests. It won’t be long before you’ll have to stop these walks and exchange them for bundling yourself under blankets in front of a warm fireplace.

You can feel the warm breeze on your face as you walk through the forest. Hear the leaves crunch as you trample them underfoot. All you can hear is your own breathing as you go through this quiet canopy. It won’t be long before mankind has destroyed this forest for their own selfish gain. Why can’t the world share this same peace? Why must they always destroy? Should that day come, you’ll miss this lovely canopy of peace.

I decided to take a break from my language tour. I hope you enjoy the light reading. God bless you all my darling avidReaders.

Part Two: Are We Really Extinct?

As promised, part two. We have already discussed why certain species have gone extinct or are near extinction. The first reason is because of climate change after the Flood. Before the Flood there was a canopy of water that surrounded the earth protecting it from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This canopy allowed for extended life spans as well as the existence of now-extinct species. It is a well-known fact that reptiles never stop growing and, under the right conditions, could no doubt reach tremendous sizes. Creation scientists have concluded that explains the existence of what we now call ‘dinosaurs’, however, before the coining of the term in 1842, they were referred to as ‘dragons’.

The second reason ties in with the above statement: since people would have feared these terrible lizards, as far as man colonized, these creatures would have been killed or chased out of their native habitats. Some Kenyans, and even local residents of Texas, have claimed to have seen what we know as Pterodactyls. These sightings extend into the Congo where locals say that on occasion they will see these creatures while fishing or hunting and that if you are ever fishing in an area where you see the malambo plant growing, you will note there are no natural predators as this is the home of what we know to be a certain species of plesiosaurus. However, all these sightings claim they are not as big as what you would think them to be, this as a result of the conditions mentioned above.

So Where AreThey?

So…where? How can these creatures still be alive if the world they are living in is far harsher than the times before the Flood? Where are they? Some, like the nocturnal gracidilis ant, choose to live underground and only emerge at night. Some are too afraid to show themselves. As I mentioned in part one of this article, the Nelson Shrew was thought to be extinct but instead was just shy and hid itself. Every day we are discovering new species that have survived in the world we have now.

If you ask natives of the Congo, they will tell all about the species they have seen there. These animals live in hiding in environments that are close to their previous habitats. In the mountains on certain parts in Kenya, there are still a remaining species of pterodactyl that natives have claimed to see. In fact, these sightings are so common that some tribes bury their dead as deep as they can go because if not then Kongomoto, as they call him, will come and dig up their dead and eat them.

Now why are Kenyans burying their dead more than 6 feet underground and taking pains to do it so throughly? Why are Congolese fisherman avoiding certain parts of the swamp? And why have people been drawing and writing of dragons (dinosaurs) all through the ages if they are supposed to be extinct?

From my previous article, we can see that many times scientists have had to eat their words when it comes to what’s extinct and what’s not. There are many more examples throughout the world such as the Stubfoot Toad of Columbia that was said to have been eradicated in a pandemic, but was recently discovered to have survived this pandemic.

Then there are the more obvious suspects: Nessie, the Megaladon and Lake Erie’s Bessie. All of these creatures reside in the deepest parts of the oceans or lakes where they reside. These areas where man cannot venture.

Coming to a Close

As I mentioned in the paragraph above, there are many more examples of animal species, as well as plants, that were thought extinct but have astounded scientists upon their discovery. Creatures such as Nessie and his Lake Erie cousin, Bessie, cause us to ponder whether or not science is wrong about these sea monsters, just as they were about the animals they thought were extinct. Can science be trusted when it comes to these things or are we to question what they have to say about botany as well as zoology? Should we perhaps be doing our own investigations into what scientists can only speculate?

I have my own opinions. I believe that the existence of these creatures are a definite possibility, however perhaps not in the glory we expect them to be. However, you read up, do your own digging and let me know in the comments and forums what your opinions are. You know I love hearing what you have to say 🙂

For now, my darling avidReaders, I wish you a good afternoon.

God bless you all.

Part One: Are We Really Extinct?

For hundreds of years we have been hunting animals. In ancient times it was for food or for medicinal purposes. In the colonial era, we hunted them for simple sport or to boast that we had shot a lion on the great plains of Africa or to bring back tiger skins from India. Whatever the reason, we have hunted many animals into extinction or near extinction. It is only in recent times that some really special, kind-hearted people took it upon themselves to try and preserve these beautiful animals God made for us to love and look after.

However, mankind isn’t the only reason certain species have died out. Climate changes have forced animals to adapt or die. The world isn’t the same as it was thousands of years ago. Before the Great Flood mentioned in Genesis 7 – 8, there existed a very different world. Before the Flood, the Earth was 70% land mass while the sea was 30%. However after the Flood, the ratio was swapped leaving us with a different climate and under half the land mass we had before. This climate would have made it difficult for certain species to have lived and, if so, for perhaps half of their previous lifespan. There are some who believe that certain species survived, but are half the size they would’ve been previously. There have been many sightings of these species. Of late there has been lots of controversy over the Loch Ness monster (Nessie) and the Megaladon, both thought to be extinct. In this article I will be discussing other animals thought to be extinct, yet proven to still be alive and well.

The Lazarus Species

This name is used to specifically refer to species that, like their namesake, have seemingly risen from the dead. I will be discussing some of the species that fall into this category.

1. Wild Dog

Also known as the Singing Dog of New Guinea. This adorable little creature is a relative of the Australian Dingo. These dogs have been seen and photographed by scientist and tourist alike. They were thought to be extinct until 15 were found and able to be photographed in the remote mountain regions of New Guinea.

2. The Tree Lobster of Australia

If you ever happen to visit Australia, you will find the most amazing wildlife. From the colourful birds to the wombats, kangaroos and Kuala bears, however along with these adorable and beautiful creatures, you will find this creature.

The Tree Lobster, now being bred in Melbourne Zoo, was thought to be extinct since a plague of rats were said to have supposedly eradicated the species. They were declared extinct in 1960. These insects live in the trees and can grow up to 6-inches in length. They were re-discovered in 2001, after hints of their existence were caused by a discovery of four dead tree lobsters.

3. The Tiny Nelson Shrew of Mexico

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This adorable little baby is called the Tiny Nelson Shrew. He was thought to be extinct for 100 years after explorers killed some to take back to the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. In 2009, this little guy made his first appearance in 100 years on the slopes of the San MartAn Tuxtla volcano in Mexico, turns out he was just shy.

4. The Giant Palehouse Earthworm

When it comes to places to live, if you have an aversion to giant earthworms, you may want to avoid the backyards of any house in Washington. Although proven to be the most effective natural fertilizer, the giant palehouse earthworm has been known to reach lengths of between 1 – 5 feet. As you can see in the above photograph taken in Australia, these earthworms have seemed to make a sudden appearance in Australia as well as America. These earthworms were thought to be extinct until the 1980s when they made their first appearance in the backyards of Washington.

5. The Small Elephants of Java

These magnificent creatures have quite a story of blessed irony behind their survival. Found to be happily living in the Borneo mountains for decades, these elephants were saved by poaching. Ironic? Well, here’s where it gets miraculous. Hunted to extinction in their home in Asia, these little elephants were saved by poachers who sold and shipped them all over the world, this in turn, saved them from being wiped out by the other of their species in Asia. Since then, they have been leading a peaceful life in the Bornean Mountains. God preserves His creation in the most amazing ways, doesn’t He?

The Venomous Cuban Solendon

The Venomous Cuban Solendon looks a lot like our Tiny Nelson Shrew, but with one different he has venomous saliva. Thought to be extinct since sightings of the solendon had stopped for 80 years, until the discovery of three different species were found in 1973 and 1974. The most recent sighting of the venomous solendon was in 2003. He was named Alejandrito.

To Be Continued

There was so much I wanted to write that I have decided to split this into two parts. I have covered only a few of the many species man thought to be extinct, but what of the species many cultures claim to still exist? This is what I will be discussing in the second part of this article.

Stay tuned for part two of “Are we Really Extinct?”

God bless you, all my darling avids 🙂