Monthly Archives: August 2010

Frequent Attacks from the Animal Kingdom

Have you been to camp lately? Do you live near the woods?, or do you like sailing? The ever present turmoil’s of a modern life fills many with hopelessness, and dread requiring much need rest. Many venture out to seek it. Some of us just turn on the television and sit in a dark room damaging our eyes and intellect striving not to be alone or bored. It is an adventure taking a day off to enjoy the visual aspect, and calm that nature brings to one’s mind. What happens then when nature in an instant sends us running, but this time not for the hills? What Happens when nature itself strikes back?  In recent news we have seen reports of Black Bears attacking campers and even a Whale attacking  a yacht off Cape Town.

black-bear Mother black bears are notoriously protective of their cubs, who stay with their mothers for about two years.

Photograph by Norbert Rosing

Whale AttackThe picture apparently showing the moment before the whale hit the boat

This Image belongs to BBC NEWS

According to National Geographic ursus americanus or black bears “live in forests and are excellent tree climbers, but are also found in mountains and swamps. Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon, or even (very rarely) white. Black bears are very opportunistic eaters. Most of their diet consists of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They will also eat fish and mammals—including carrion—and easily develop a taste for human foods and garbage. Bears who become habituated to human food at campsites, cabins, or rural homes can become dangerous and are often killed—thus the frequent reminder: Please don’t feed the bears!”  Even though the are black I guess they wont discriminate when it comes to food.

BBC reports state “A couple on a whale-watching trip off Cape Town, South Africa, say they had a lucky escape when a 10m (33ft) specimen leapt on to their yacht. The southern right whale, a species known for poor eyesight, snapped the mast before sliding back into the water, said Paloma Werner. She and her partner had just seconds to take cover, she said. A nearby tourist caught the moment on camera. “I still like whales,” Ms Werner told the BBC afterwards.The southern right whale navigates by sound, leading Ms Werner to suspect it was an accident.”Our boat’s engine was off and so the whale just didn’t know we were there,” she said.”We were just the wrong boat, in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A very well put statement from Ms. Werner. I would have probably yelled “I read Moby Dick and am not captain Ahab. In all seriousness though a thirty three foot whale leaping at you is no laughing matter. In events like this one the real thing to do is pray.

From these reoccurring events, it seems as if the animal kingdom is attacking humanity. Are they really considering that they are in their natural habitats, their homes? If man can barely coexist with one another, how then can we expect man to meliorate that relationship with nature? Yes you might say that we need to go out to relax, find food and to care for nature itself. You may even be aware that the scriptures in Matthew 24:16-17 state “Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:”  All this is very true, but what gives man the right to mistreat what the creator himself has made so beautiful for man and animals to enjoy?

Far too often we see occasions of animals abused from the smallest puppy beaten, to an elephant killed for its ivory tusks. These repeated acts of aggression from humans towards nature, and its inhabitants is costing us all dearly. Selfishly mankind seeks comfort more than survival and destroys the natural resources of this earth. Now that our supposed stock pile of resources is being depleted, we intend to encroach on nature to support our habitual trends of want. Greed and not necessity is fueling this growing dilemma of man vs. wild. Who will win?

Troubled times will come and is in fact here, but according to the Bible, there is a time and place for everything.  You must search the scriptures for the answers. Stay informed so that you’re not in the woods by yourself, ahead of the pack. We have been given instruction on the appointed time to move. Yes experiences whilst in nature  can be inspiring and bring calm to one’s life, but be considerate. “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” Matt 6:28-29. There are two roads, one that leads to destruction and one that leads to salvation in Christ Jesus. Which one do you choose?