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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: The Way of the Whole Human Being
By Kim Hamlin


In the book of Genesis, God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

If you need more proof that we haven’t been very diligent with these instructions, please let me tell you about some of my friends.

The Pinta Island Tortoise is the rarest animal in the world, because there is only one left. Lonesome George is the last member of the Pinta Island race of the Giant Galapagos. The whole species was considered extinct until 1971, when George was discovered. The Charles Darwin Research Station is still searching for a female tortoise of this species to mate with George.

The Baiji or Yangtze River Dolphin is extremely rare, a victim of competing with the Chinese for food. Deaths from entanglement in or electrocution by fishing gear, collisions with vessels, and illegal harvesting of these beautiful animals are also to blame for the decline of their range and abundance. Fishermen reports have detailed witnessing the baiji along the middle and lower Yangtze in 2006, but experts say these miraculous creatures could already be extinct.

The Vancouver Island Marmot can only be seen in the mountainous British Columbia. The population of these marmots reached an all-time low in 1998. They were also listed in the Canadian Species Risk Act in 2000. With 150 individuals in captivity and over 44 pups born in 2005, it was chalked up to a very successful year.

There are fewer than 100 Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bats in the world. They inhabit the central islands of the Seychelles Islands just north of Madagascar. Scientists are working to understand how the species behave and what we need to do to save them. They believe that 500 individual bats may be sufficient enough of a guarantee to see long-term birth rates.

The Javan Rhino are numbered at only 60, living in Indonesia and Vietnam. These great creatures, once widespread in Asia, were nearly hunted to extinction in Burma, India, Malaysia, and Sumatra by the 1930s. Its horn, believed to have medicinal uses, was the primary reason these animals were hunted. Disease and inbreeding in their small population, decreases the chances of these Javan surviving.

Abraham Lincoln said, “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights, that is the way of the whole human being!” Our animal friends should be at least more common than a blue moon.

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diana kay01/13/11
very interesting article :-)
Lillian Rhoades 01/13/11
You have an impressive knowlege about rare, or potentially rare animals.
Unfortunately, your entry "orbits:-)" the topic with the exception of one reference in the last sentence. I think you want to show that if nothing is done, these animals will soon be "once in a blue moon" creatures. That message came through, but has minimal relevance to the topic.

Keep writing. I think reading other entries on this topic in all levels, but especially advanced levels, will prove beneficial to you.
Sharon Laughter01/14/11
a GREAT tip: check out Jan's classes! She has one on the rating category concerning "was the entry on topic?" (All her other classes are GREAT as well!)
Verna Mull 01/15/11
Interesting, and a lot of research. Good job.
Jody Day 01/18/11
Knowledgeable and interesting article. Thanks!
AnneRene' Capp01/20/11
Congratulations Kim! Your very first entry too!! Very good eye opener.Well done!
Patricia Herchenroether01/20/11
Haha! So much for comments. Great research on one of my favorite topics (endangered species). Congratulations.
Amy Michelle Wiley 01/20/11
So sad to see some of God's creation slowly dissapearing. Great article!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/11
What a powerful essay. I really enjoyed every word You gave a great message without being preachy! Congratulations on your first place ribbon!
Bonnie Bowden 01/20/11
God's creation is so awesome. Congratulations on your first place win.