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Giraffes are truly a wonder of God’s creation. They:

  • Are the tallest living mammal
  • Their hearts are about 24 lbs and 2 feet long
  • Have twice the normal blood pressure for an average large mammal (The blood has quite a ways to go to get to the Giraffe’s brain)
  • Have a special pressure regulation system in the upper neck called the “rete mirabile” to keep the animal from dying due to excess blood flow to the brain when bending down to drink and also to keep the animal from passing out when it raises it’s head back up after drinking
  • Have seven neck vertebrae, a perfect combination of strength, flexibility, and weight.
  • Have special skin on their lower limbs that is very tight and thick and maintains high pressure to keep the blood from being forced out through the capillary walls. (Apparently NASA has studied their skin for astronaut gravity suit ideas.) After a hard day they don’t need to put their feet up 😉
  • Only sleep for about 30 minutes a day.

See http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v18/i4/giraffes.asp for further information on these characteristics.

If we stop to look at the world around us in any kind of detail, we can see that Psalm 19 is very true.

Psalm 19:1-6
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances to the end of the world In them He has placed a tent for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Of course this is speaking of the heavens but the concept certainly applies to other aspects of the creation, such as the giraffe. These kinds of things are great to praise God for…if you ever feel like you are running out of stuff to praise God for, take a look at His creation and praise Him for His amazing wisdom that produced such animals as the giraffe.

(As a side note, evolutionists may have “explanations”-see http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CB/CB325.html– for how certain animals have “evolved” but it is, in my opinion, very difficult to believe random chance processes and natural selection could have produced such an amazing animal. Again we see that in many ways it boils down to “what perspective are we viewing the facts from”. Both sides talk about the observed characteristics of the giraffe. Natural processes get the thumbs up from one camp and the creator, God, gets the glory from the other.)
References:

  1. http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v18/i4/giraffes.asp
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/reallywild/amazing/giraffe.shtml
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giraffe

One Response to “Giraffes Don’t Sit in Barcaloungers”

  1. on 15 May 2007 at 2:56 pmPatty

    Well for one thing we can see that God is so innovative and thinks out of the box , to say the least or the obvious. But this can help us see his nature and help us to understand the scriptures. Maybe this is why people see contradictions when theire might not be any. It could be because God is asking us to understand stuff that has come out the “mind” of the infinite creator, There is bound to be stuff we cant fully understand. He has to boil stuff down so that we can grasp it, if we dont have faith we may give up trying to understand and he will give us great success and he has already. We see through a glass its not totally in focus, but I believe its gets clearer and will one day be revealed. The Giraffes difficulties solved by the creator what may seem to be difficult God says “here is the solution I am sure this will be true for what ever we think may be difficult to understand. Human engineers probably have learned from observation of the made world and have translated this into what they do, but they for the most part want to receive the glory.

  

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