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Beggar for the Spirit posted a topic in General Discussion & Everyday Chit ChatHi Everyone, Brother Nnaemeka recently asked an interesting question on a topic he started about the term "Human Being". And so I thought that maybe it would be fun if we started a topic that was just about the term "Being". So what is the true meaning of a "Being"? Is a "being"defined by what the secular dictionaries say? Or should the term "being" be defined by science? Or is this term or idea of the term found in the Bible anywhere? And if Jehovah hasn't defined it for us, then how should it be defined? Could it be any living creature that exists on earth or in heaven? Or does a "being" only mean the Creator himself? Or could it include any self-sustaining/immortal creature such as Jesus and the 144,00? Or could a "being" even include robots or an android? Are animals beings? If so, what about an insect? What is the deciding factor or factors for something to truly be defined as a "being"? A fun discussion but this would be just about the term and not about whether a person should use the term as that is what Brother Nnaemeka's topic is mostly about. Or unless Brother Nnaemeka or the Moderators feel that these topics should be merged? Either way, sounds like an interesting discussion. Any thoughts?
A swamp wallaby found swimming more than a kilometer offshore swam to a small boat to be rescued by marine students. Did the animal realise it needed human help? Anyway, it reminds me of the closeness we will have with all animals in the future. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-09/wallaby-found-swimming-kilometre-from-nsw-coast-rescued/7014846
So for those of you who don't know, I work in a pet store, and one of my jobs is to feed the snakes. Not my favorite thing to do; I don't like feeding live rodents to the snakes. But they have to eat too so I do it, and I love my snakes. One of our snakes is a beautiful female ball python that I've named Canaan. (Don't ask.) Weirdest thing she did today. She has never done this before. I had to clean the snake tanks today. So during tank cleaning day each snake gets a rat or mouse, and then I can safely clean their tanks while they eat. Canaan was asleep when I put her mouse in her tank. I had to pick her up to wake her up, and then out her back down in her tank. It took her a while to full wake up and notice the mouse. She took longer than usual to kill the mouse, but I didn't think anything of it. I saw that she was smelling the mouse when it was alive but not biting. Eventually she bit it and it died. I waited for some time for her to start eating, and then when I went to go clean the tank but the mouse is still in the tank (dead). I go away for a bit to see if she'll eat it, but she still didn't eat it. But this is the weirdest part: she laid next to it the entire time and would use her nose to push on the mouse, then wait and look at it. It looked like she was trying to revive the mouse. I'm sure that wasn't what she was doing but she kept doing it and wouldn't leave the mouse. I wasn't going to take the dead mouse out because even though Canaan has never bit me, a snake will more than always bite if there is food nearby and when they're in hunting mode. I told my boss about what she did and he looked ats confused as I was. It was so weird. Maybe you guys have thlights, but regardless of whatever was going through Canaan's head it was out of her usual behavior. I know she's more tired since it's winter time, but again I've fed her through all seasons and I've never seen this. We'll see if the mouse is still in the tank next time I'm at work,
This news article was published today in a Spanish newspaper: http://www.elmundo.es/espana/2015/02/09/54d91e22ca47411d3e8b4573.html The text is in Spanish, but anyway the nice thing about it is the picture of the bear cub. One guy living in a small town in the mountains was leaving his home and found a bear cub at the door. He says his first impulse was to stroke it, but then he thought its mother could be anywhere near and preferred to go back inside He was able to take a nice picture before it fled. Maybe spotting a bear is something common where you live, but it is extremely uncommon in Spain, where bears are all but disappeared, with very few specimens remaining. Long for the day when we can enjoy Jehovah's creation and animals and people are no longer a danger to each other.