I had a baby possum once. I found him tooling around at the edge of the woods, he didn’t seem afraid of me, and so I brought him home and kept him in my room until my mother saw him and started screaming. Mothers don’t understand some things.
My wife had a possum in her house, too, before we met. Her possum had babies. Right there in the house. She didn’t throw them out!
I really don’t know what was wrong with my mother that day. Must’ve been something she ate.
This goat was unable to walk, or even to stand up. The reason for this not being obvious, the woman at this farm animals’ refuge resolved to keep helping the goat until she could finally stand, walk, and even run. The woman worked at this every day, as chronicled here in the video. Watch what happened.
Mr. Nature here–and our video safari today takes us back to Australia for another visit with the quokkas.
Old-time sailors named the place Rat Nest Island; but the quokkas aren’t rats, but marsupials. And very friendly marsupials, at that. Their enjoyment of human company has made their home a popular tourist destination.
These animals never learned to be afraid of human beings–because for once we didn’t give them any reason to! Let’s pray that never changes. More of this world needs to be a lot more like this little island.
So the alligators climb ashore in what appears to be a busy recreation area, and they are not small alligators, either–it does make you wonder why the humans don’t back way off. For those who don’t know, alligators are able to put on a burst of high speed at very short notice. If you’re standing too close, ol’ hoss, you ain’t gettin’ away.
And along comes a cat–a cat, mind you!–and bullies both gators back into the water.
How does he do it? There’s no physical contact. It looks like kitty just gives the gators the bad eye until they get the message and retreat.
Confidence is everything, I guess.
(P.S.–I am typing this without it hurting my fingers. A good sign, I pray.)
It would be hard to imagine an animal more benign, more unthreatening, than a sloth. And even if they wanted to do you harm, they’d never be able to catch you.
If you aren’t able to count the claws, it’s still easy to tell the difference between the three-toed sloth and the two-toed sloth. The three-toed has a white mask around its eyes, and the two-toed doesn’t. Much easier to remember than “The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle.”
They can also figure out how to get out of a jar.
How would an octopus know how to get at the contents of a jar with a twist-off cap? I mean, it’s not something he’s seen before, and learned how to do by watching others do it. What would happen if you let an octopus watch a lot of chess games?
Anyway, here’s some of God’s stuff to start the day–the intelligence of the octopus. God’s creation: that’s how He made them, for His own good pleasure.
This is Good Friday, and our blog will observe it by not covering any of the nooze today. Hence the video of the baby iguana eating watercress. Aren’t they pretty little things? God’s stuff is just so good.
I’d love to raise a baby iguana again. If you do it right–and it’s easy to do it right–you wind up with a wonderful pet. If you do it wrong, you wind up with this big mean lizard who wants to bite you. A friend of mine had an iguana who bit him on the tongue. Yes, he was showing off by sticking his tongue out. Teenage boys do things like that. And the iguana bit off the tip of it. Yowch! Served him right.
But my iguana was raised right, and he never bit anybody. And if he could have purred while he sat on your lap, he would have.
The only reason this video is here is because my brain is wrung out after typing up a 2,000-word book review for Chalcedon, and it needs a nice massage.
You’d think there’d by more than enough nuts to go around, here, but the chipmunks and the squirrels would not agree. It looks ferocious, but I don’t see any of them getting hurt.
God’s stuff–a pause that refreshes.