January 25, 2011 | David F. Coppedge

Amazing Mammals

As the Superbowl approaches, millions of spectators will enjoy the feats of our own sports heroes.  But what if animals put on games with their capabilities?  Human athletes would find it hard to compete.

  1. Swimming:  A polar bear performed a phenomenal feat of endurance swimming, reported the BBC News.  According to a zoologist who observed the animal, the bear “swam continuously for 232 hours” (almost 10 days) “and 687 km” (412 mi) “and through waters that were 2-6 degrees C” (36-43?F).
  2. Hunting:  “Dogs have such a phenomenal sense of smell,” an article on PhysOrg said, that they are increasingly being used by conservation biologists to locate information on other animals in the wild.  Even dogs rescued from shelters can be trained and given a valuable career.
  3. Shooting:  “It sounds like something a guided missile would do,” began a report on New Scientist.  Like marksmen with a high-tech scope, “Foxes seem to zero in on prey using Earth’s magnetic field.  They are the first animal thought to use the field to judge distance rather than just direction.”

If humans had to compete with these animals, without benefit of external tools, it would be no contest.

Those are just the most recent news articles in one group of animals, to say nothing of reptiles, amphibians, and birds.  Animals’ abilities to sense and utilize information in the environment and to cover vast distances by land, air and sea is a testament to the engineering design superiority of their Creator.  That’s why more and more scientists are keen on imitating animal engineering (12/10/2010).

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