Not All Pandas Are Giant
“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.”
The red panda has to be one of the world's most attractive animals, with a cute white face and a ginger red body. As its name suggests, it was once thought to be closely related to the giant panda, with whom it shares a number of traits, including a diet of bamboo. However, the giant panda has been placed in the same family as bears, while the red panda was thought to have been part of raccoon family. Even evolutionists now think the relationship between giant pandas and red pandas is remote, and the red panda has now been placed in a family all of its own, with no other extant species – called ailuridae. Creationists treat ailuridae as a baramin, and it causes us no problem to accept that this baramin is a single stick in the creationist orchard of life – a baramin containing only one species.
Red pandas are supposed to be a good proof of evolution. Evolutionists like to class them as meat eaters because of their teeth and claws. However, their diet consists almost entirely of bamboo. If this is supposed to be the result of the upward march of evolutionary natural selection, then it seems to be an unusual route. Their bodies cannot digest bamboo well, so they have to eat a great deal of it in order to get the nutrients that they need.
The uniqueness of the red panda is, however, the sort of thing we would expect in a creation made by God.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the beauty of so many of the creatures that You have made. You truly are the Master Craftsman. Amen.
Ref: Encyclopaedia Britannica, < https://www.britannica.com/animal/red-panda >, accessed 11/28/2018.
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