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Noah’s Ark: Part 3

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • February 4, In the year of our Lord, 2018

  1. Is the taking of the young of large animals on the Ark impractical because of the high death rate of juvenile animals?
    1. Juveniles of large animals have a low death rate
    2. Juvenile death rates in nature come through starvation, predation, et. al. that would not exist on the Ark
  2. Based on realistic situations, how many animals can be care for by one person?
    1. Do not compare the Ark to zoos and circuses
    2. The Ark under emergency situation would not require long-term specialized care
    3. Labor-saving devices enable one person to care for thousands
    4. How time required for the small animals?
  3. Do actual animal-care labor studies substantiate the conclusion that eight people could care for 16,000 animals?
    1. Use of self-feeders
    2. Use of self-waterers
    3. Compression of hay, et al., into pellets
    4. Low activity of animals they needed food and produced less manure
    5. Some would go into hibernation
    6. Animal labor to remove move manure, e.g., augers, carts, etc.
    7. Working 10 hours a day = 80 man-hours daily
  4. How could exercise be provided for large numbers of animals in a short period of time?
    1. Areas could have been provided
    2. We moved many cows at once on the dairy
  5. When compared with modern animal housing, was the Ark overcrowded?
    1. Emergency conditions animals can do with smaller cages
    2. Situation was not ideal
    3. The issue was survival
  6. Would not the floors have caused fatal hoof injuries?
    1. This is rare
    2. Lesions disappear once animals get back on grass
    3. Partially-slotted/partially solid floor on a slope strikes a balance between maximum cleanliness and minimal injuries
  7. VII.Were bathing and burrowing facilities necessary on the Ark?
    1. Temporary lack of it not life-threatening
    2. Wet cloths on some animals is sufficient
  8. VIII.If the Ark got wet inside, would the food have spoiled?
    1. Lev 25.21–22 shows grain could last three years

      21 “Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years. 22 And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old produce until the ninth year; until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest” (Leviticus 25.21–22).

    2. Water-tight containers
  9. Is there any vegetable which can stay fresh for a year, without refrigeration or preservatives?
    1. Some can remain fresh for many months if dry and cool
    2. Some can be stored in honey, blubber, or oil
  10. Was there not an impossibly large volume of hay on the Ark?
    1. Assumes that animals ate hay only
    2. Assumes that high density foods could not substitute (such as grain)
    3. Gen 43.24

      24 So the man brought the men into Joseph’s house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed (Genesis 43.24).

    4. Isa 30.24

      24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground
      Will eat cured fodder,
      Which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan.
      (Isaiah 30.24)

    5. We fed cows at the dairy all kinds of stuff, including cotton seed
    6. Compressed hay
  11. How could meat-eaters and fish-eaters have been expeditiously fed on the Ark?
    1. Possibility that carnivores became so after the Flood
    2. Gen 9.2–4

      2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs. 4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood (Genesis 9.2–4).

    3. Our carnivorous cats eat dry food all the time
    4. Dehydrated meat rehydrated is like fresh
  12. XII.Were fresh flowers on the Ark necessary for the nectar-eating birds and bats?
    1. What do you hummingbird feeders prove?
  13. XIII.Were fresh fruits on the ark necessary for primates, as well as for frugivorous bats and birds?
    1. Fruit could be preserved
    2. Some can live on fruit juice
    3. Dried fruits reconstituted
  14. XIV.How could snakes have been maintained on the Ark without the need for laboriously raising live foods (e.g., mice)?
    1. Some can eat inert prey
    2. Some will eat pellets
  15. Were live insects necessary on the Ark for those birds and bats which only eat live insects in nature?
    1. The insects could have been grown
    2. Some insect-eaters will eat inert foods in captivity
  16. XVI.How could certain highly-specialized eaters (leaf-eating monkey, 3-toed sloth, panda, and koala) be maintained on the Ark?
    1. Special diets in nature not always necessary in captivity
    2. Slaughter of feed animals for carnivores would have supplied blood for bats
    3. Post-flood diets may differ from pre-flood diets
  17. XVII.Must the tropical animals on the Ark have been supplied with a source of heat?
    1. Pre-flood world lacked extreme cold and heat (forests under the Sahara and Antartica)
    2. Animals could have acclimated to the Ark
  18. XVIII.Must the polar animals on the Ark have been supplied with refrigerated enclosures?
    1. Siberian Huskies do best at 35 below, but they live in Grants Pass
    2. Have you seen polar animals in a zoo?
    3. Pre-flood evidence shows earth was warmer
  19. XIX.If the preFlood earth had been warm, how could the strongly cold-adapted and heat-adapted animals have survived on the Ark?
    1. Acclimation
    2. Animals live in ideal places in the wild, but they can live elsewhere
  20. If there were no deserts in the preFlood world, where did the desert-adapted creatures live then?
    1. Tolerance of deserts does not require obligation to live there
    2. Small pre-flood deserts were possible, even as there are now