I never tire of looking at the creatures with which God has filled our earth. Such beauty, variety, instinct and raw intelligence are exhibited in the animal kingdom, and from earliest days have brought joy and intrigue to man. Sometimes I think of those creative days and of Adam who was given the job of naming all the critters of the earth, and wonder just how it all came to be.
God had placed Adam in the garden of Eden to care for it, and one day, God said something important to Adam. Might have gone like this.
“You know all those animals I made, Adam. Well, I haven’t decided what to call them, and as one of the first of your jobs here in this paradise, I’d like you to come up with a name for each of them.”
I don’t know…did Adam lounge about under a tree and chew on a blade of grass while he considered his assignment? Did he lean back, arms under his perfect head as he gazed at pristine clouds in a sapphire sky? Did the animals come by for a visit…nudging against him, parading their beauty and uniqueness…or did Adams meander around the garden, touching a lion or a gorilla or a horse, saying your name is…
However it happened, Adam named them, and, in the English language, one is called orangutan. They’re still around, still orangutans, and through the internet today, I met one who is a fisher. Take a look at this splendid fella. He’s a smart one–fishing with a spear. First time such a thing has been documented.
A male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish.
It is the first time one has been seen using a tool to hunt.
The extraordinary image, a world exclusive from the book, Thinkers of the Jungle by Gerd Schuster, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja, where apes are rehabilitated into the wild after being rescued from zoos, private homes or even butchers’ shops.
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