There are eight species of bears worldwide—the Asiatic black bear, also known as the moon bear, giant panda, Malayan sun bear, sloth bear, spectacled bear, brown bear, American black bear, and polar bear. Some of these species have subspecies, such as the grizzly bear, a subspecies of the brown bear.
A couple of years ago I traveled to British Columbia, Canada and interacted with a real-life grizzly. They’re recognizable by their concave faces, the hump between their shoulders, and the lighter tips of their fur. This gives them almost a “grizzled” appearance, and that’s where the name comes from.
The hump between the grizzly bear’s shoulders is actually a mound of muscle. Grizzlies spend a lot of time digging, more than any other bear species, so that muscle comes in handy as they hunt for food in the ground and dig their dens for winter. The four-inch claws don’t hurt when it comes to digging either!
Many grizzly bears live in a subarctic environment where they come into contact with the largest bear in the world—the polar bear. And this contact has led to “grolar” and “pizzly” bears which are actually hybrids between grizzly and polar bears.
How is it that these two separate species can breed with one another? Well, the Bible tells us in Genesis chapter one that organisms reproduce according to their kinds. Since polar and grizzly bears are part of the bear kind—along with all the other bears I mentioned—it makes sense that they could breed together.
It also make sense that if what the Bible says is accurate, then a hippopotamus will never be able to breed with this grizzly… it doesn’t work, because they aren’t the same ‘kind’ of animal. Basic logic and an understanding of the Biblical record gives us an advantage in nearly every field of science.
What we observe in the world confirms what we’d expect starting with the Bible—organisms reproduce according to their kinds.
I’m David Rives. Truly…the heavens declare the glory of God.
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Did you know:
• The Moose is the second most dangerous animal worldwide
• The Fox uses Earth’s magnetic ﬁeld for direction
• The Wolf can survive in -40 degree temperatures
• The Aurora is a great example of God’s protection of Earth
• The Sea Otter’s nose and ears close when underwater
• Polar Bear hair is transparent and reﬂects light
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How does the grizzly survive the winter? Learn how the Arctic Ground Squirrel’s heart is capable of beating only once per minute. Discover how the Musk Oxen butt heads at 30 mph without cracking their skulls! Did you know that the temperature in the legs of reindeer can drop to just above freezing? The incredible Arctic Tern travels up to 56,000 miles a year. Study the Salmon’s phenomenal morphology from fresh water fish to salt water fish and back again. The variety, design, and complexity of these creatures, point us back to the Creator, Jesus Christ, who is also the loving Savior of all mankind.
Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things (Isaiah 44:24a). If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9).