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April 19, 2014

Looking Back: Animals are amazing creatures and far from dumb

Wherever did the expression “dumb animals” come from? 

I have heard this expression many times during my lifetime. But why say or even allude to such a thing? So many times we have seen our pets simply seem to understand us. Maybe it’s our tone of voice or gestures but I do know that our daughter’s cat who comes to visit each day knows when I don’t feel too well. 

He announces his arrival with a little “meow” and up he jumps to cuddle down on the couch or bed with me. What a nice feeling I have to know such a lovable creature, and all for our comfort and enjoyment.

It was just the other day when I saw him sitting by my little plant watering can on the wide windowsill amid several of the house plants. I couldn’t believe my eyes, for he slowly reached into the watering can and then lifted out his paw to lick the water off.

This he did several times. I placed a small can of water in front of him, but he preferred his own way. Who told him to do such an incredible thing? 

Remember the monarch butterfly our children learned about in school? It was amazing to learn their ability and skill to migrate some 1,800 miles from Canada to Mexico and that same butterfly’s brain is about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Amazing … and they don’t even have a GPS! But someone had to create and engineer all that … didn’t they?

Years ago, we, as children, didn’t know about DNA and its function. That,too, is mind-boggling to learn that “one gram of DNA can store as much information as one trillion CDs. To put it another way, a single teaspoon of dried DNA can store enough information to build 350 times as many humans as are alive today,” (so I read in The Watchtower). 

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