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Noah Battles Animal Extinction: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on January 9, 2014

A Few Thoughts Before We Begin Our Story

3,079 animals are currently on the Critically Endangered List according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the best-known worldwide conservation status listing. Approximately 40% of the known species in the world are estimated to be at risk of extinction.

The thing about it is this: once extinct, a species never will be again.

Never!

How many once roamed this planet never to be seen again? Easily thousands; possibly tens of thousands…..

Never!

Allow me now to re-tell the story of Noah, that ancient patriarch of Biblical days. I ask your forgiveness as I utilize a little creative license in the telling of this story, but since I will be writing about a man who lived, supposedly, to one-thousand years of age, I doubt my creativity will offend too many people. Try to look beyond the “historical” inaccuracies and find the meaning hidden within.

Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning
Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning | Source

Storm Clouds Are Forming

The winds increased in ferocity as Noah secured the last plank onto the hull of the great ark. He was a stocky man in build with wide shoulders and narrow waist, average in height but strong in stature. His flowing white hair and lengthy beard blew in the wind, giving him the appearance of wildness, but one glance at his eyes and it became apparent that this was a kind and loving man.

Now that the ark was completed it was time to gather the animals, two by two, male and female of each species, herding them to the safe confines of the mammoth structure, in hopes that they would be protected during the coming cataclysm and their kind would continue to breed when the rains subsided.

Into the hull he prodded the Atlas bears, the aurochs, the Bali tigers and the Caribbean monk seal. Following them were the Carolina parakeets, the Caspian tigers, the dodos and the dusky seaside sparrows. Eastern cougars were hesitant, as were the elephant birds, the golden toads and the great auks, but eventually they too follow the throngs into the darkness below.

As the last pairs of woolly mammoths and short-faced bears walked up the plank the first raindrops fell, and before long the raindrops became sheets of water, and the winds blew with greater force, and the ark rocked on its support beams as the great rivers overflowed their banks and the natural laws of buoyancy lifted the ark and it proved to be seaworthy.

The land disappeared and the waters raged, and the great voyage of salvation began.

And the animals enjoyed the bounty
And the animals enjoyed the bounty | Source
And the animals loved the new land
And the animals loved the new land | Source

A Fine Sea-worthy Vessel

Noah steered the great ark down the Persian Gulf and into the vast Indian Ocean. The high seas rose and fell, embracing the ark in deep troughs and then spitting it skyward at the crests, but she was built well and not a leak could be found as she continued her journey around the Cape and headed northward into the Atlantic Ocean.

Days became weeks and still the rains thundered upon the life-saving symbol of hope. The animals were of course restless but they inherently sensed safety within their confined space, and on the deck Noah stood firm and strong against the worst elements man has ever known.

One morning Noah awoke, sensing a change, a slight shift from the norm. The wind had lessened, the rains began to quiet and the seas diminished in size. Far off in the distance gray shapes were seen, ghostly specters at first but then taking on definition…a large land mass loomed, and Noah pulled hard on the tiller and steered toward that distant shore.

Conditions continued to improve and eventually the ark scraped bottom and came to rest in a protected cove. Noah looked around and knew that all was well, the worst behind him, and he smiled. “I shall call this land America,” he said, surely a land of hope where the animals will be safe, he surmised, and he climbed down from the deck, opened wide the doors, and his precious treasures begin to leave the ark for their new home.

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Look to nature for true wisdom | Source

But What Is This?

The morning of their fifth day in America, the fortieth since the rains began, the sun broke through the clouds, the rain ceased to exist, and a beautiful rainbow dominated the western sky. The animals drifted across streams and valleys, eager to stake their own claim in this bountiful land and get about the business of mating and continuing the species.

Noah began the business of building a new home on that shoreline in hopes that others would follow and a settlement would be established, and sure enough others did follow, and each new day found increased throngs of people celebrating the end of the rains and establishing their own foothold on this strange new land.

And one foothold became a thousand, and a thousand became tens of thousands, and all needed natural resources to survive, so the great forests were cut and the life-giving streams were diverted and dammed, and modern growing techniques were used as the soil was turned, turned and turned again, depleting it of its nutrients and rendering it lifeless.

And each new day brought new difficulties as the animals found it increasingly difficult to find a life-sustaining habitat, and they roamed further and wider in search of clean water and smaller animals to eat, and without the trees the sun baked the land and left it brown and lifeless, and then the hunters came with their modern weapons and the sounds of killing reverberated across the landscape and bodies of bear and deer, dodos, toads and auks littered to and fro, and those not killed by man could not conceive suddenly for this life-saving land could no longer save or sustain life.

And Noah cried!

Sitting Round the Campfires

The old men sit and tell stories of the old days, and Noah, no longer strong of body but still very clear of mind, nods his head and confirms that once there were many more animals, all sorts of species that accompanied him on the great journey and once roamed this earth. He tells the children gathering of the magnificent birds, fish and mammals, and he traces pictures of those animals in the dirt for the children to see, and they ooh and aah and ask him what became of those animals that took the great voyage with him, and they notice tears in his eyes.

“The land is for all creatures my children. Man does not own the land. Man can choose whether to become one with the land or destroy the land, and every single day that decision is made by each man and woman. The animals you ask about are gone now. They will be no more. Yes it is sad, but in the years to come more animals will journey to the never-more, and man and his needs will increase, and when there are no more animals to destroy, man will turn on himself, for that is the way with irresponsible existence and self-centered attitudes.”

“So I say to you weep not for the animals that have left us. They suffer no longer. Instead, weep for yourselves for you have yet to suffer though suffering is on its way. You are the ones, the young before me now, who will live your lives not knowing nature’s beauty. You are the ones who will inherit the results of greed and uncaring, and you are the ones who will sit around campfires when you are old and re-tell stories of disappearing species and the slow death of humanity. And when you tell your stories to your children and grandchildren, and they look at you with tears flowing down their cheeks and ask you why, what will you tell them? How will you be able to justify so much killing, so much waste, so much disregard for the natural world?”

The end for Noah
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And Noah’s Days Ended

Finally his time had come. Noah made his way to that shoreline where he first landed upon America so many years before, and he climbed up the plank onto the decaying deck of the great ark. He lay his weary bones upon the planking and looked up into the skies, and visions of that great journey played upon the movie screen in his mind. He no longer recalls their names for it has been so long since they left his ship and began roaming the land. All but forgotten, and Noah knows that with his death they will be no more.

Never!

And with his death the valuable lessons learned, lessons of conservation and preservation, will be no more.

Never!

So it is written in the Great Book!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved your take on this classic, biblical story and thank you so much for sharing it with us today. Wishing you a great day today as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine; this was my imagination running wild. :) Have a great Thursday my dear friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      We forget that it's their world too. In addition to your retelling of this story, I loved your photos, Bill. You've been busy with that new camera!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Beautiful! I don't know where to begin commenting on this truly beautiful hub. You've touched the soul of the matter and hopefully someone reading this will be moved to carry on conservation.

      It is so sad when we think of what we've already lost and what more we can if we don't do something. Your retelling of a Bible great touches closer to home than the original thousands of years ago. Your "poetic license" was used to our advantage.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish.....yes, it is their world too....but I'm afraid civilization will "win" this battle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, where have you been? I hope all is well with you. Thank you for your kind words....yes, hopefully, someone will listen.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      To me and only for me I say this is how to read and teach the Bible. Let not the stories be the end of our understanding but the beginning. You have taken Noah and given us insight and strength for this day and for our friends the animals,

      Amen

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric and I happen to agree with you. Make the Bible pertinent to today and get rid of the ancient language....people will still listen if it becomes relevant.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your spin on Noah's Ark (even tho he didn't land in America). Your words and the videos speak volumes of what we are doing to our environment. In killing our environment we are killing the animals that depend on it. Greed is resulting in blatant murder of God's creatures. And, yes, when they are all gone, we will die too.

      This is such an important article, Bill. Sharing and spreading your words. On behalf of the animals, I thank you for giving them a voice.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Bill,

      Thanks for bringing Noah to life for us and remind us of all the beautiful animals we will never see again on this earth. You have become such an awesome story teller.

      Bobbi

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Whoa. What a story! That was definitely a better look at what really happened at that time in history. I loved it.

      It is sad though, the selfishness and carelessness of human-kind. One of these days, humanity will see exactly what Noah foretold, if man has not already turned on itself.

      What a beautiful article. Thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sha and who says he didn't land in America? LOL Prove it!!!!! :)

      It is an important message and I know how much you love animals...as do I.

      Thank you my dear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, thank you so very much. You brought a smile to my face and for that I am grateful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Victoria, thank you for the visit. I appreciate your kind words and I hope this story, and others like it, somehow make a small difference in the way we treat nature.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, there's speculation that the Ark has been found in Turkey. But, of course, I can't prove anything. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Sha; just yanking your chain a bit. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I knew that after the fact. My chain's been yanked twice today and I nearly missed them both. Shoulda had my Wheaties this morning! :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...I need some Cheerios.

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      Mark Weller 3 years ago

      Granola, give me all your Granola! Lol a great story and even better message!

      Mark

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      The world needs more Noahs. I got in to animal rescue a few years ago. I've learned a great deal about the world from it. My life is better because of our three dogs. When I rescued my pit bull, I did so because I wanted to change the stigma about the breed. He is a big baby. He loves my son with Autism. The three dogs and the pig have been therapy for my son. And I want the world to know that animals are not our enemy. Great article Billy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....thanks for the laugh, Mark, and for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Crafty, good to see you again. I hope your holidays were great. Love the story of your dog and your autistic son....great idea with a wonderful result.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Nice story Billy. Here in Nevada we are fighting for bears as they are allowed to be hunted, such a shame in so many ways. The Earth is too good for so many men. Peace.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I like your version of Noah's Ark. It is very sad what we, humans do to this precious Earth. It's so sad to know that already so many species disappeared from our planet and will never exist again. Let's hope that politicians throughout the world will wake up soon to take wise decision instead of bickering about sometimes stupid things! The global warming is a reality and even if it's cold in North America it's unseasonably warm in other part of the world. I really hope for our children, grandchildren and coming generations that our generation will be courageous and smart enough to take the health of the Earth at heart.

      Thanks for waking us up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, true words...the world is too good for so many men...I love that. Thank you and I hope one day that humanity comes to its senses.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I can only pray that what you wish for comes true. We have caused so much damage already and there appears to be no end in sight. Thank you for your thoughts on this important topic.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great retale bill, lol, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I honestly see you pushing onwards and upwards and your writing if possible is reaching higher levels. Wonderful and a always Billy leaving much food for thought.

      Have a wonderful day .

      eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad, Jackie! Thank you very much and have a wonderful Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! If we aren't growing we are missing the boat in this business. I want to find out just how good I can be, and your encouragement helps greatly.

      love always

      billy

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Enjoyed this spin on Noah, Billy. Yes, I am sure he did care for the animals, and the animals knew it.....and all creatures that roam the earth deserve our respect and conservation. I think that the Native Americans got it right with regard to their respect for the web of life, of which we are all a part. :0)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your writing is soo wonderful. I could see the rainbow. I could see the rain. I almost felt the wind. I could see the animals leave the ark. Your story is majestic in nature. I would love to see it made into a movie. ( Can you tell that i loved it? ) I could go on and on! Thank you for being on HP. Blessings my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I forgot to tell you that i watched the first video, sad to think they may be gone someday. Why do people want fur and animal hide boots? Can't people know that every living thing wants to live?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, I think they got it right too, but unfortunately the rest of the nation wasn't listening. Sad business this extinction...hopefully we will wake up one day and see the truth.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm sensing that you liked this. LOL Thank you so much. I love putting the extra time into something and then having someone like you deliver the affirmation I was hoping for. You are a good woman, Ruby, and a fine friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I will never understand the desire to have fur and hide clothing. If someone can explain it to me i'm willing to listen.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bravo, Bill! I absolutely (sorry about the adverb :-) ) loved your take on the biblical story of Noah. “Man does not own the land.” Sadly, he thinks he does, and therein rests the problem.

      If we were to take a piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper, and draw a horizontal line through the middle of it with a pencil, that line would represent that length of time man has existed on earth. The top of the paper represents the creation of earth; the bottom, the end after the heating sun eats it up billions of years from now. Life won’t survive beyond another est. 600 million years – if we or random cosmic events don’t destroy it first. (These are not my original thoughts; I first heard this from someone else.) Look at what we have accomplished in this relatively short period of time. We have little concept of time, nor do we fully grasp the scope of our destruction of too many of God’s greatest gifts to this world.

      Your hub carries such an important message, Bill, and one that should be read by everyone. Voted way up and shared.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I hope I didn't sound preachy, Bill. I get too carried away with this topic sometimes . My apologies. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you! This is one of those subjects I am passionate about; obviously you are as well. When will man ever learn? How much do we have to destroy before we realize the price we are paying? It is sad and it is discouraging....but I refuse to give up hope. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Never preachy, Genna! Feel free to get carried away here.

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      quicksand 3 years ago

      Very interesting indeed! Voted up! ...... But I was under the impression that Noah took with him only DNA samples! :)

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Awesome Bill. It never ceases to amaze me that we can justify our behavior in regard to the land and wildlife. There simply is no excuse. Wonderful article and very clever use of the Old Man. I'm sure he would approve.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Quicksand....LOL...that was great. I'll have to re-check my facts. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Cam....just trying to drive home a point in a different way. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, I'm going to share your article on my facebook page dedicated to freelance writers. It's a small audience, but they will appreciate what you have written.

      https://www.facebook.com/cam8510

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that Cam! Thank you very much.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, it pains me greatly whenever I hear about animals being poached or killed for no reason other than for sport. It is my belief that they were put here for us to enjoy and live in harmony with, not for us to hunt them into extinction. There are so many amazing creatures that have already disappeared. How many more have to go this route before we wake up?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I don't know the answer to your question but it pains me too. I have had some heated discussions with hunters and there is no way to change their minds...and no way to change mine. Thanks for your views my friend.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      One of the greatest stories of Bible (and Quran) told in an interesting, beautiful and creative way!

      Since my own intro on my profile states, "I am a civil engineer by education, regulatory compliance specialist by profession, and an environmentalist and nature lover by choice", this story touches upon all those 3 areas very well. Therefore, I can't thank you enough for this article.

      Two interesting books on how we have decimated our wildlife are written by William Stolzenburg - 'Where the wild things were' and 'Rat Island'.

      We can never satiate our thirst to kill wildlife. Even today our unethical hunters and rogue parliamentarians want to wipe out gray wolves from the USA. Poachers in Africa take the lives of as huge animals as elephants and rhinos to get ivory and medically useless horns. Rogue and misnamed federal agency - USDA's Wildlife Services - kills wildlife as varmints and thousands of other animals in useless sadistic experiments. Whereas all of the animal life was handed over to us by God to take care of it for Him. That was the message I had always gotten from the story of Noah.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Interesting write. We need more Noah's in this day!!!

      We learn from Noah that it is possible to remain faithful and pleasing to God even in the midst of a corrupt and sinful generation. Surely it wasn't easy for Noah, but he found favor in God's eyes because of his remarkable obedience. God blessed and saved Noah, just as he will faithfully bless and protect those of us who follow and obey him today. Our call to obedience is not a short-term, one-time call. Like Noah, our obedience must be lived out over a lifetime of faithful commitment. Those who persevere will finish the race. God blessed us with the animals of this Earth and he saved two of each species back then for a reason!

      Oh, poor Noah, is here exposed to the world. LOL

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, I can't add anything to what you have written. You know more about the atrocities acted upon wildlife more than I do, and what I know sickens me. Thank you for caring and thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, a lifetime of faithful commitment....whew, that's a tall order. We can only hope that more people sign that contract and live their faith. Thank you for always being here and for caring.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Loving nature and the creatures that abound therein has been one that was really taught to me by my daughter. I was not so much an animal lover. I did care about them but not like I should have. When my child, from her youngest years, saw a critter that was hurt or abandoned, she dragged it home and we cared for it till it was able to go out on its own. As time passed our home became a halfway house for abandoned animals, lots of them at once. And my passion for them grew.

      Noah set the standard high for us. And hopefully we will be cautious and hear the message of the ages.

      There are so many animals that are now endangered. Endangered means a breath away from extinct.

      bill, you have such a gift. No matter how many times I come here to read I am reminded how powerful one voice can be.

      Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, bless your daughter. From a child we learn, yes?

      As for my voice....thank you! I get embarrassed easily by praise. I'm just a writer...trying to be better...and trying to make a difference.

      love and blessings coming your way

      bill

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Excellent for imagination, creativity and presentation. The message came through-consideration for the preservation of animal life. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Dora! The message is an important one; I'm just the messenger. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh Dear Bill, I meant to add, as you may know, Noah was not completely without sin for Noah had a weakness for wine. In Genesis 9, the Bible tells of Noah's only recorded sin. He became drunk and passed out in his tent, making himself an embarrassment to his sons. No one is perfect, with the exception of our Lord.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, Faith, Noah was reputed to be quite a drinker in his time. Many a night he was carried home. I'm glad he sobered up long enough to build that ark. :)

      blessings always

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      There are just too many species close to extinction these days.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, let's hope there are a few left for the next generation. Thanks buddy!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That is why I take pictures of life as it is now, and beg of you to help it to continue. And I also tell you how to do it, as do many others...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed you do, Deb, and we are all better off because of the work you do. Keep it up my friend and thank you for your efforts.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      It's both sad, but true. Once an animal is extinct, it's gone forever. We've already lost too many species.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      WriterJanis, thank you for visiting again. Just think, some of the animals we know today will not exist when the next generation comes of age....sad for sure.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill.

      Wow, what a pleasant portraiting one man's action saving some amids of tragic historical extinction of all speacies living above the water including population of that time " known world". Who is that Noah? Who's idea was it anyway to build an ark, and why?... Question of similar nature might bring new surge of hub-readers to that ancient Book.

      Great success, my friend.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Good night.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, your comments are always interesting and I appreciate them. According to the Bible, our Noah was a drunkard...a man I can certainly relate to.

      Have a restful sleep and I'll talk to you soon.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I didn't realize some of those 25 animals were endangered, even in the US. Due to man's actions which cause change in habitat, food shortages, and disease, these animals suffer. Your photos are add to the content; you are becoming pro at this. Love the way you linked the message to Noah, very thought-provoking!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! I figured the story of Noah was a one size fits all story. Glad you liked it.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      When will we ever learn how important the animals are and where we would be without them? It makes me cry to see how they've diminished so much even during my lifetime. Man is greedy and seems incapable of seeing long-term, or rather does not want to see, too wrapped up in his own present, in what he wants and thinks he needs.

      There has to be a balance but we forget the importance of animals at our peril. I come back again and again to education - and you are imparting some of that with this story, as you do so well. Great illustrations too.

      We need people like you to continue to hand out this message and others like it, to make people understand and to encourage them to act.

      Forever is a long, long time....

      Have a great evening, bill! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I have always believed that education and by extension raising awareness are the only answers. Until we can make people aware of the problems society has, we will continue to see this sort of extinction and destruction. Our actions have consequences. We cannot blame anyone else.

      Thank you Ann and I hope your evening was a good one.

      bill

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