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Artic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) (eating mushroom) ©WikiC

Artic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) (eating mushroom) ©WikiC

Deep-Frozen Squirrel ~ from Creation Moments

Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. (Job 37:8-10)

Researchers have discovered a species of mammal that can actually survive being frozen for several weeks.

SmileyCentral.com

Scientists were amazed to find that the little Arctic ground squirrel can allow its body to drop to 27 degrees F – that’s five degrees below the freezing point of water – for up to two weeks at a time during its unusual Arctic ground squirrel eating a mushroom eight-to ten-month hibernation period. After the two weeks at this very low temperature, the squirrel rouses itself, returns to normal body temperature, takes care of a few bathroom duties, and then returns to a state of nearly frozen hibernation for another two weeks. The squirrel usually comes out of hibernation for its short summer in June. It has only two or three months before the ground freezes again and it returns to hibernation, so the squirrel is very busy eating and mating for two short months. You could say that the Arctic ground squirrel sleeps most of its life away.

Scientists say that the Arctic ground squirrel is the only mammal that is able to allow its body temperature to fall below freezing. If they can find out how the squirrel does it, they believe the same method might be used to preserve transplant organs for longer than a few hours. So once again, scientists expect to learn new medical methods by studying how the Creator does the same thing.

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Prayer:
Dear Father, Your understanding and wisdom in designing the creation are so great that even those who do not want to recognize You still expect to learn from You. As they do so, make it ever more difficult for them to deny You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Artic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) ©Nunavut ©WikiC

Artic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii) ©Nunavut ©WikiC

Notes:
“Squirrel makes its body subfreezing to hibernate,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, Saturday/July1/1989/8A. Photo: Arctic ground squirrel eating a mushroom. Courtesy of Ianaré Sévi. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. (Used with permission of Creation Moments 2014)


Lee’s Addition:

Arctic Ground Squirrels Are No Stiff – Deseret News

More Interesting Things

Wordless Birds

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Ark with Animals ©CreationWiki

Ark with Animals ©CreationWiki

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NKJV)

A group of Answers in Genesis staff attended the opening of Noah last night in a local movie theater. With all the Hollywood hype and news surrounding the controversial film, we were surprised at the low turnout, with only twelve other people in the theater. We had heard many negative reports but were hopeful, based on other comments, that there may have been some redeeming qualities of the film. However, those hopes were dashed against the rocks harder than Hollywood’s ark when it ran aground in the film. This point should be one that jars us to attention, realizing that our hope is not in a Hollywood film but in something infinitely more redeeming in quality: the person and work of Jesus Christ.

There are four elements from the biblical account …. Noah Movie Review: An Unbiblical Film

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Peregrine Falcon Flying Over Niagara Falls

Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, [and] stretch her wings toward the south? Job 39:26

Many textbooks tell young people today that birds are modified reptiles. Suppose, they say, that millions of years ago the scales on some reptiles began to fray along the edges. In time, they say, the frayed scales turned into feathers and birds were born.

Designed for Flight The elegance and beauty of the feather make this story hard to believe. Can sticking a feather on a lizard produce a peacock? The bird’s feather is only a small part of the complete flying system of the bird. Even with very careful planning and redesigning, a reptile doesn’t have what it takes.

A bird needs massive breast muscles for flight. In some birds, 30 percent of the body weight of the bird is breast muscle. By comparison, in humans, breast muscles are only about 1 percent of body weight. A bird also needs an extremely high metabolism and blood pressure to deliver the energy those muscles need for flight. Birds have a higher metabolism than any other creature; they also have the necessary high blood pressure. Finally, as is well known, birds need light skeletons. The man-o’-war has a wingspan of seven feet. But its entire skeleton weighs only a few ounces – less than its feathers!

Even the most clever rebuilding of a reptile cannot produce a bird. In fact, birds have very little in common with reptiles. The entire being of the bird, from body to brain, has been specially designed for flight by a Creator who clearly knows everything there is to know about flight.

Prayer:
Father in heaven, the beauty, grace and huge variety of birds You have created are some of the most beautiful creatures on earth. As I thank You for them, fill me with new wonder over the wonderful work of Your hands. Amen.

Notes:
Vandeman, George. 1991. “The miracle of flight.” Signs of the Times, May. p. 25.

Designed For Flight ©Creation Moments 2014

Interesting Things

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Shhhh! I'm reviewing...

Shhhh! I’m reviewing…

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 KJV)

This Email was called Panda Therapy. Not sure who the therapy was for. Made me put a smile on, so guess that is therapy.

(The captions are very clever, though I modified a few of them.)

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Is it any wonder the world has fallen in love with these animals?

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Mom?  Can you come and get me down -  now?

Mom?
Can you come and get me down -
now?

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You go. I'll just stay here and rest my head a little bit.

You go. I’ll just stay here and rest my head a little bit.

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Shhhh! I'm reviewing...

Shhhh! I’m reviewing…

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Pardon me but do you have a napkin?

Pardon me but do you have a napkin?

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Pandas looking for lost earrings....

Pandas looking for lost earrings….

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Oops!  Slight miscalculation.

Oops!
Slight miscalculation.

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On the count of three---Lift!

On the count of three—Lift!

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Mom?  Can you come and get me down -  now?

Mom?
Can you come and get me down -
now?

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Kung Fu Panda...bring it on!

Kung Fu Panda…bring it on!

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It wasn't me! I didn't steal this bamboo shoot! It was just sitting here - I promise it!

It wasn’t me! I didn’t steal this bamboo shoot! It was just sitting here – I promise it!

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I'm sure there's a way out somewhere - I saw an ant go this way yesterday

I’m sure there’s a way out somewhere – I saw an ant go this way yesterday

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I'm not coming out. You'll have to come in and and get me

I’m not coming out.
You’ll have to come in and and get me

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I'll give you 2 seconds to get off me or I'm calling Mom.

I’ll give you 2 seconds to get off me or I’m calling Mom.

I cannot believe that I'm stuck in this tree again.  What is the matter with me?

I cannot believe that I’m stuck in this tree again.
What is the matter with me?

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Dear Martha Stewart...  I have this brown stain on my nice, white, fluffy seat

Dear Martha Stewart…
I have this brown stain on my nice, white, fluffy seat

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Does this log make my seat look fat?

Does this log make my seat look fat?

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Forgive me Father, for I have sinned...

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned…

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Paparazzi!  Could we have a little privacy please?

Paparazzi!
Could we have a little privacy please?

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Betcha can't see me.....

Betcha can’t see me…..

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Absolutely nothing accomplished.  The perfect day for a panda

Absolutely nothing accomplished.
The perfect day for a panda


Lee’s Addition:

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalms 34:8 KJV)

The Lord created some of the most adorable and neat animals. I realize they are wild and need to be treated that way, but still He placed them here for us to find enjoyment from their antics. I am sure some other neat captions could be made for these photos. Enjoy!

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